Emily Roysdon, Sense and Sense, 2010. A project with MPA. Collection of Museum of Modern Art. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Performing the Grid
January 23 - May 15, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, January 23, 4-6pm | Press Release
Performing the Grid brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, mythical and ideological perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids. The grid has played a historical role in conceptual and minimalist art practices and continues to motivate and engage artists today. As we delve deeper into technology, a culture of images, violence, and surveillance, how do we locate presence inside of the grid? How is the self presented within the grid? Can intimacy be made visible? The included works in Performing the Grid access, address, reject and evoke the grid using video, performance, documentation, sound, sculpture, painting and installation. At times the grid is a means of tracing movement, a tool for documenting the passage of time and arranging visual texts and compositions. In other works, the grid is conjured as a blatant motif, a utopian design, and theatrical prop. From Debra McCall’s geometric re-performances of Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus dances to Bruce Nauman’s meditative studio walks and Kelly Nipper’s Laban Movement informed performances to Heather Rowe’s film-inspired sculptures, the grid takes on new meaning and new movement.
Artists in the exhibition: Neil Beloufa, Lucinda Childs with Sol LeWitt and Philip Glass, Charles Gaines, David Haxton, Channa Horwitz, Xylor Jane, Rudolf Laban, Dashiell Manley, Debra McCall, Rebecca Morris, Bruce Nauman, Kelly Nipper, Heather Rowe, Emily Roysdon, Kathleen Ryan, and Emmett Williams.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7pm, Otis Forum, Ahmanson Hall | Free
Hannah Higgins, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, lectures on her 2009 MIT Press publication, The Grid Book, which examines the history of ten grids that changed the world: the brick, the tablet, the gridiron city plan, the map, musical notation, the ledger, the screen, moveable type, the manufactured box, and the net. Read more...