The Rose Art Museum launches ambitious season of contemporary art exhibitionsReleased on August 24, 2006
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Rose Art Museum 2006-'07 season features look at performance and surveillance in video art, work of Clare Rojas, a major collection display, and John Armleder.
The season will begin with an opening reception on Sept. 20 for “Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art” and the large-scale installation “Hope Springs Eternal” by California-based artist Clare Rojas. “Balance and Power” will continue through Dec. 17, 2006 and “Hope Springs Eternal” will be on display until April 1, 2007.
“Balance and Power” will feature work by a diverse group of artists, from early video pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Vito Acconci, and Bruce Naumann, to emerging practitioners such as Jill Magid and Tim Hyde. Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of The Rose, will curate the exhibition located in the Lois Foster Wing and the Lee Gallery. The exhibition was originally organized by the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.
“This exhibit examines both the early days of video art as well as current practices,” Rush said. “It’s an attempt to understand the complex relationship between voluntary acting for the camera and involuntary taping by a camera on the part of power systems that have an interest in the movement of citizens.”
Rojas, a native of Columbus, Ohio, incorporates different media styles of painting, installations, film, printmaking, quilting, and music in a complementary fashion. The Rojas show, curated and organized by The Rose’s chief curator, Raphaela Platow, will be featured in the Rose Building.
Rojas’s work is influenced by American folk art, particularly by the history, material, and aesthetics of quilts. Her paintings usually include themes surrounding women and animals in stylized landscapes. In her imaginary pieces, the artist uniquely interprets the relationship between men and women, humans and animals, and humans and nature. “Rojas’s enigmatic landscapes renegotiate gender roles and the representation of women in a compassionate, humorous way,” Platow said.
In addition to her visual artistry, Rojas performs under the name of “Peggy Honeywell” and has released five albums, four of which she also produced. She will perform some of her music during the exhibition’s Sept. 20 opening reception.
Rojas is the fourth recipient of Brandeis’ Ruth-Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award. For her show, Rojas will work with students and other members of the Brandeis community. A book accompanying the “Hope Springs Eternal” exhibition is being produced.
Beginning on Jan. 25, 2007, The Rose will present “Rose Art: Works from the Permanent Collection,” a collaborative view of the Rose’s extraordinary collection by Rush and Platow, and “Paper Trail: Artists Explore Unseen Works on Paper from the Collection of the Rose Art Museum.” “Clare Rojas: Hope Springs Eternal” will continue in the Rose building.
The permanent collection of The Rose Art Museum is internationally recognized for its quality and comprehensiveness. The collection includes more than 6,000 objects and is particularly strong in American art of the 1960s and 1970s. Rush and Platow will curate the timely exhibition from the large collection holdings of modern and contemporary art.
The collection includes works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol from the ’60s. The Rose, through the establishment of the Rose and Hays Purchase Funds and gifts from friends of The Rose, continues its commitment to enhancing the collection.
Recent additions include works by Matthew Barney, Thomas Demand, Ellen Gallagher, William Kentridge, Robin Rhode, Anri Sala, Joseph Cornell and Robert Motherwell.
“Paper Trail” is a series of three exhibitions in which artists will integrate their own work with pieces they select from the museum’s works-on-paper collection. New York artist Margaret Evangeline will orchestrate the first installment of the series. Evangeline is well known for her large-scale paintings on aluminum and recent powerful works made with gunshots.
The project offers the rare opportunity to showcase samples from more than 2,000 works-on-paper owned by the Rose Art Museum. This extraordinary collection includes art extending from the 17th century to the present time. Visiting artists such as Evangeline will curate exhibitions from the museum’s paper collection alongside their own work to open dialogue between past and present. Commissioned artists will also give talks in public libraries and schools about their work and their project.
Starting on April 25, 2007, the Rose will feature the work of Swiss artist John Armleder, whose multi-layered work covers art, design and pop culture. Armleder was born in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland. He currently lives and works in Geneva and in New York.
For decades, Armleder has been reinventing methods of visual language through his artwork. He is well known for taking everyday items and turning them into displays that are thematically open-ended, instead of falling into strict definitions or categories.
His work echoes the international Fluxus movement of the 1960s, with its notion of art as ephemeral and experience based. Armleder co-founded the artistic group Ecart in Switzerland, which organizes exhibitions and publications of artists around the world (among them Karen Kilimnick and Christian Marclay). He has become widely known and respected for his involvement with Ecart.
Since the 1980s Armleder’s “furniture sculptures” and paintings, using sleek geometrical shapes such as dots, squares and circles in repeating patterns, have been highly visible within the context of New Geo. More recently, Armleder has created fluorescent light installations, wall paintings, pour-paintings, and large-scale installations made of scaffolding, monitors, disco lights and exotic flowers.
Armleder’s exhibition, curated by Platow, is the first comprehensive presentation of his work in the United States and will bring together different bodies of his eclectic production. Site-related installations will take the architecture of the museum into consideration, revealing the artist’s multi-layered working methodology. Highly influential on younger generations of artists and an established figure in the international artistic community, Armleder has exhibited his work extensively throughout Europe. However, many believe he deserves more recognition in the United States.
A catalogue will be produced in collaboration with the Kunstverein Hannover, Germany. Armleders’s work will be featured in the Foster Wing through July 29, 2007.
“Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art”; Sept. 21-Dec. 17, 2006; Foster Wing, Lee Gallery
“Clare Rojas: Hope Springs Eternal”; Sept. 21, 2006-April 1, 2007; Rose Building
Fall shows opening reception: Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m.
“Rose Art: Works from the Permanent Collection”; Jan. 25-April 1, 2007; Foster Wing
“Clare Rojas: Hope Springs Eternal”; Jan. 25-April 1, 2007; Rose Building
“Paper Trail: Artists explore unseen works on paper from the collection of the Rose Art Museum”; Jan. 25-April 1, 2007; Lee Gallery
“John Armleder”; April 25-July 29, 2007; Foster Wing, Rose Building
About the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis
Opened in 1961, The Rose Art Museum has one of the most distinguished collections of modern and contemporary art in New England. Each year, The Rose organizes highly acclaimed special exhibitions and collection displays, presenting a mix of international, national and local artists.