24 Oct 2008 - 07 Jan 2009
October 24, 2008 - January 7, 2009
Originating with a desire to present a contemporary group exhibition that would capture the spirit of the art that emerged during the early 1990s, this presentation has evolved into a collaborative venture among ten artists who share certain strategies and sensibilities: Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Though each artist is recognized for his or her own practice, they are linked by a mutual rethinking of the early modernist impulse to conflate art and life. Rather than deploy representational strategies, they privilege experiential, situation-based work over discrete aesthetic objects. The exhibition model—in essence, a spatial and durational event—has become, for these artists, a creative medium in and of itself. This show foregrounds this aspect of their work through individual, site-specific projects and installations that, in many cases, absorb and extend the conventions of museum practice. As these works overlap and intersect in the museum's rotunda, the collaborative nature of the artists' shared history comes to the fore. During the past two decades, they have joined together in various constellations to create multiauthored works that extend the fluidity of their practices while tempering the authority of a singular artistic vision. Collective projects range from codirecting films and organizing exhibitions to franchising the use of a Japanese manga character and initiating a land-reclamation project in rural Thailand.