GRANTS TO AMERICAN MUSEUMS
FOR EXHIBITIONS FEATURING FRENCH ARTISTS
Contemporary Arts Center
June 8 – September 9, 2018
Curated by Steven Matijcio
The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti will present a special exhibition of works of art by the artist Kader Attia. This show will be the first comprehensive study of Attia’s work across North America and will bring together a number of major works for the first time. For this solo-show created in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, the artist will develop a new context-specific work around the notion of “repair” – as a physical and symbolic act – in a particularly North American context.
Drawing associations between methods of repair across cultures and the forms of resistance throughout history, his works often reactivate ethnographic objects in a heightened political context. Scars and stitches are gestures of healing and reconciliation in his work. Repair is seen here as a methodology that offers the potential for colonized or oppressed peoples to reinstate their freedom.
A publication will be jointly produced.
Born in 1970 in France, Kader Attia is of Algerian heritage and currently lives between Berlin and Paris. He is arguably one of the greatest French artists of our moment. He won the renowned Marcel Duchamp Award in 2016. A year ago, he opened a new hybrid space in Paris called “La Colonie” with the purpose of offering an independent agora. Half bar/restaurant – half meeting-room/studio, this cultural space is committed to offering new avenues for the expression of critical thought.
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, FayCal Baghriche, Isabelle Cornaro, Latifa Echakhch, Kapwani Kiwanga
As part of the group show Stories of Almost Everyone
January 28-May 6, 2018
Curated by Aram Moshayedi, with Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, curatorial assistant.
The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles will present the exhibition Stories of Almost Everyone to draw attention to how artists and curators develop stories about artworks, and to invite participants to question these narratives. In recent years, a continued emphasis of an art of ideas inherited from conceptual and post-conceptual art has sought to fortify strategies for communicating the relevance of art-making within social, political and economic histories.
This large-scale exhibition will feature the work of more than 30 international artists – including 5 French or France-based artists – who contribute a range of perspectives on making, presenting, and contextualizing art: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (b. 1977), Fayçal Baghriche (b. 1972), Isabelle Cornaro (b. 1974) , Latifa Echakhch (b. 1974) , and Kapwani Kiwanga (b. 1978). Collectively, these contributors offer ideas that alternately conform to Western values of the duty of the artist to explain his or her work, and also to contrasting perspectives rooted in local, vernacular practices and histories.
A scholarly catalogue with voices from different disciplines and an experimental audio-guide involving the writer Kanishk Tharoor will provide participants a fresh entry point into the show.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your place or Mine…
The Jewish Museum
New York March 16 – August 5, 2018
Curated by Kelly Taxter
The Jewish Museum will present the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the influential contemporary artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine is a large-scale survey featuring the artist’s visionary, cross-disciplinary work from the last five decades, including painting, sculpture, video, performance, textile, wallpaper, and prototypes for everyday objects. Divided into five sections, each gallery will feature site-specific installations that echo public and private spaces through the lens of the artist’s unique perspective, the surrounding neighborhood, and the museum’s building. These sections are: The Bedroom, The House, The Park, The Dollhouse and The Library. A full scope of Chamowicz’s cross disciplinary work will be on display from sculpture-cum-furniture to wallpaper, draperies, ceramics, lightings, paintings, collages and rarely-seen maquettes… As an accompaniment to his own practice, Chaimowicz will include pieces by modern artists selected among the museum’s collection (Anni Albers, Edouard Vuillard, Wiener Werkstätte…).
Marc Camille Chaimowicz (b. post-war Paris) established himself in the 1970s London art scene as an artist who merged performance and installation art in a manner as playful as it was critical and sensual. Based in London and Burgundy, he teaches at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.
Lucy Orta, Elsa Sahal, Anne-Marie Schneider, Laure Tixier
As part of the group show Womenhouse
National Museum of Women in the Arts
March 9 –May 28, 2018
Curated by Camille Morineau
First-time grantee of the FACE Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will present the exhibition Womenhouse in collaboration with the French institution La Monnaie de Paris and curated by Camille Morineau. La Monnaie’s focus on creativity and liberty echoes NMWA’s mission to bring the accomplishment of women artists to the attention of the public.
This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project called Womenhouse developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. At that time, the artists and their students at CalArts transformed a Hollywood Mansion with works that disrupted traditional ideas about the home as a feminine realm. This new project will feature 36 global artists who conceive of home as a place for demonstration, exploration, and liberation rather than a space solely for nurturing, comfort, and stability.
Organized across several provocative themes by artists from around the world, Womenhouse emphasizes the plurality of women’s views on the home through different sections—Desperate Housewife, Bodyhouse, Body Double, Fingerprints, Dollhouse, and Mobile Home—and is composed of videos, sculptures, customary architectural frameworks, photographs, draped and stitched works, fabric and wax sculptures, dolls, miniature furniture, tent-like structures, collapsible acrylic panels, felt and wool sheeting.
Solo exhibition The Anthropocene Style: Decorative style in a new age of global warming
San Francisco Art Institute
Curated by Hesse McGraw
The San Francisco Art Institute will present the first US exhibition of Paris-based Swiss architect Philippe Rahm. Also his first solo exhibition, The Anthropocene Style: Decorative style in a new age of global warming will manifest the artist’s ideas surrounding the urgency of climate change through an architecture and design process that takes meteorology, atmosphere, and physiology as its primary material.
Rahm has developed an innovative approach that promises a rethinking of the field of design within what is known as the Anthropocene era, by a new approach, more sensitive and attentive to the invisible, climate-related aspect of space. It will model a design that integrates materials such as fabrics, lighting, and patterns into interior building design, a contrast to the spare, minimalist “white cube” style of the later twentieth century. In its sparseness, the white cube aesthetic often relies on artificial heating and cooling systems that use precious resources and produce harmful elements, hastening global warming and contributing to an unsustainable future.
Philippe Rahm (b.1976) develops work, for which he has received an international audience, extending the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological in the context of sustainability. He started teaching architectural design at the Graduate School of Design in Harvard in 2014.
Performances related to a solo exhibition They are waiting for you
Walker Art Center
October 2017-February 2018
Curated by Philip Bither
Laure Prouvost is a renowned UK-trained French artist who creates rich immersive and interdisciplinary installations in which she conflates reality and fiction, words and images, often reveling in moments of mistranslation opening up new fields of meaning. Prouvost is one the 9 artists commissioned through the Walker’s Interdisciplinary Initiative to create a multi-platform work using both the gallery and the stage and supporting the development of artist’s experimental practice across disciplines.
An exhibition of Prouvost will be on view at the Walker Art Center from October 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018 with a fully realized stage production, commissioned by the museum and the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, where 2 performances will take place in February.
The performance supported by FACE, titled They are waiting for you, is an abstract journey from adulthood backwards to a state of pre-consciousness. Using certain thematic elements from her gallery installation, They are waiting for you will play between recorded text and live singing, embodied performance and video projections, and live percussion and electronic sound. The performance draws upon the expertise of Prouvost’s two key collaborators: acclaimed choreographer Pierre Droulers and sound and digital media artist Sam Belinfante.
Laure Prouvost (b.1978) was awarded the Turner Prize in 2013.
Tarek Atoui Permanent installation and performance
A Survey in Three Movements
Marfa Soundings: 2018
Curated by Ida Soulard and Jennifer Burris Stanton
Through site-specific performances, sound installations, film screenings, and public conversations, Marfa Sounding examines and highlights the influence of experimental music on the development of Minimalism, and in particular music’s relationship with landscape, architecture, and social structures. For this 2018 annual long weekend program, the most significant presentation of work by Atoui in the USA to date, A Survey in Three Movements will showcase the artist’s examination of sound, place, and the social practice of improvisation across the varied landscapes of Marfa, Texas.
Artist and composer Tarek Atoui has been involved in the Festival over the last 3 years and is engaged in inter-disciplinary experimentation, challenging the conventional structure of a survey show while engaging students, local musicians, visitors and residents in the communal experience of embodied listening.
The project will include a context-specific adaptation of 3 performances: Zero Point Nine is a new instrument: this monumental bass synthesizer producing ultra-low frequency electronic sounds was developed during his 2015 residency at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, and Pacific Film Archive, and should be accessible to all forms of hearing; “I/E Elefsis” is a sound-proof shipping container that functions as a collective instrument and will function as a site-specific performance as well as an ongoing platform for future events and sonic research; The Reverse Collection initiated within the ethnographical storage of Dahlem Museum is a group of new instrumentals created through a reverse process to improvise from historical instruments. In Marfa, Atoui will work with a group of local musicians from Texas and along the Mexican border to create a new score using these experimental tools for making music. Tarek Atoui (b.1980, Lebanon) is based in France
GRANTS TO AMERICAN CURATORS
FOR RESEARCH TRIPS TO FRANCE
Assistant curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University
Project title: Exhibition Research: Michel Parmentier, Tatiana Trouvé, Loris Greaud
Steven Bridges’ research will culminate in exhibitions of the famous French artists Michel Parmentier (April 28-September 9, 2018), Tatiana Trouvé (October 27, 2018 -March 3, 2019), and Loris Greaud’s new project at the Broad Art Museum of Michigan State University.
The retrospective exhibition of Michel Parmentier will be the first in the US to focus on his early minimalist paintings within the BMTP group (Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni). Exploring his systematic and symbolic process, along with supporting documents from his archives, the show will set out to trace his path from geometric design and collage to the development of his signature stripes, and will offer visitors significant insight into this particular history of painting in the second half of the XXth century.
Similarly, the solo show of Tatiana Trouvé’s work will be her 1st retrospective in the US. New work will be commissioned especially for the occasion. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring French and American writers.
Loris Greaud has proposed to develop and to produce a new artwork specifically designed for the Planetarium on the Michigan State University campus. This mysterious installation is posed to engage the whole building, as the artist often produces site-specific and invading projects.
Curator of 20th-Century and Contemporary Art
American Folk Art Museum
Project title: The Daniel Cordier Collection, from the Perspective of Psychiatric Collections
Valerie Rousseau’s research project contextualizes the museum collections of Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, and more specifically, the self-taught art collection donated by Daniel Cordier in 1989, from the viewpoint of the recognition of psychiatric collections.
In the well-known case of the Heidelberg Clinic, Valerie Rousseau will explore a pivotal history anchored at the hospital of Saint-Alban-Sur-Limagnole (Lozère, France). This site bares the marks of important doctors and psychiatrists such as Lucien Bonnafé and Jean Oury, all associated to the movement of institutional psychotherapy. This hospital, which also sheltered rebels and Jews during the war, became a space for the development of an intellectual resistance and for the fight against the extermination of the mentally ill. The Daniel Cordier Collection offers a rich framework to better understand the nature of the constant links between artistic and psychiatric circles during the first half of the 20th century, and more specifically in the context of the two World Wars.
Project title: After a Fashion: Dress, Desire and Contemporary Art
Alexandra Schwartz, a New York-based independent curator and former curator of Contemporary Art at Montclair Art Museum, will conduct research in Paris within the framework of the exhibition she is organizing: “After a Fashion: Dress, Desire and Contemporary Art”. This exhibition will showcase contemporary art’s engagement with costume, and how artists are using “garments” to examine issues of cultural difference, gender and sexuality. Pioneered by artistes including Louise Bourgeois, Lorraine O’Grady and Niki de Saint-Phalle, “garmenting” as an artistic strategy emerged during the 1960s to define all kind of clothes. Because Paris is a historical capital of couture and textile manufacturing, as well as of contemporary art, Schwartz will conduct her research on French artists dealing with these issues and will explore French public collections related to her project.
Curator, Art Historian and Dean of Fine Arts and Acting Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts
Project title: Binding Agents: Toward an Aesthetic of the Postcolonial in Contemporary Exhibition
James Voorhies will conduct research in Paris for a publication titled “Binding Agents: Toward an Aesthetic of the Postcolonial in Contemporary Art”. In this book, Voorhies intends to write about a selection of artists, exhibitions, institutions and publications, in order to articulate and trace situations in art over the past two decades. He seeks to demonstrate through extended research projects that manifest in film, photography, immersive installations and public programming that the postcolonial experience is increasingly aestheticized: from the art presented at major international exhibitions to the work seen at smaller institutions and initiatives. For this research, he will visit artists based in France, such as: Christodoulos Panayiotou whose films, theatrical performances and installations derive, in part, from field studies and anthropological investigations of Cyprus; Aman Mojadidi, who addresses questions of migration, identity and belonging, and Etel Adnan, a Lebanese-American visual artist and poet based in Paris, whose practice has consistently engaged important questions of violence and war.
Executive Director, LAXART
Project title: Sperm Cult
LAXART’s Executive Director Hamza Walker’s research for “Sperm Cult” aims to prepare a collaborative exhibition between Elijah Burgher and French Artist Ghédalia Tazartès. The collaboration between the 2 artists will be a follow up on Burgher’s earlier collaborations “House of Shame” with A.A.Bronson and “Sperm Cult” with Richard Hawkins, who are seminal artists dealing with the freeing of desire against the norms of social constraint.
For Elijah Burgher, sexuality and artistic creation are twin pillars of spirituality. His paintings are created on the ground through a series of ritual exercises akin to yoga. It is in the work of Ghedalia Tazartès that Burgher finds his aural corollary. Both are fluent in esoteric styles, obsessed with developing a highly personal language and committed to a practice grounded in shamanistic ritual.
Represented by Galerie Binôme
Residency in collaboration with Aperture Foundation
March – June 2018
Thibault Brunet is a young photographer, mostly interested in technically questioning the action of shooting: understanding the ways in which virtual imagery meets reality in our society that is becoming more and more digitalized. After studying and graduating from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, he started working on virtual worlds, looking for pictures. In 2014, he took part in a collective project attempting to catalog the French territory architecture on Google Earth; his work was presented at the Lyon Biennale in 2015 and will soon be displayed at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. He is now mostly working on digitalizing the real world, using a LIDAR. He was recently exhibited at the Centre Pompidou as part of the “Imprimer le Monde/Print the World” show. He was also one of the five finalists for Aperture Foundation Award.
Soleil Noir (Black Sun) is a new photographic research project inspired by historical public commissions such as heliographic mission, the DATAR or the ESF. This project aims to observe and analyze the specific terrain of the United States, with its endless lands and distant horizons. Brunet is interested in the territory as itself and its occupation. He programs a topographical exploration inspired by science fiction and a questioning of photographical objectivity as a reflection on virtuality.
The main partner of Thibault Brunet’s residency will be the Aperture Foundation. Brunet is proposing a new frame of reference based on a “machine of vision”, which echoes the first shots in the room: the device is heavy, while exposure to the camera angle is long and reveals the narrative potential of the image by showing the passage of time.