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Sara Gilbert, Mexico City #2, 1995

Sara Gilbert, Mexico City #2, 1995. C-print, 40.6 x 61 cm. Courtesy the artist

Freeway Balconies

Through October 5, 2008
Acclaimed American artist Collier Schorr, whose multimedia practice explores appropriated identities and performance, will work with a selection of younger American artists to create a group exhibition that is at once a self-portrait and a riveting display of some of the most vital trends in contemporary U.S.-based art today. From her position as a visual artist, critic, and teacher, Schorr has a uniquely intimate perspective on current art production, which she will translate into this experimental exhibition project. The title, Freeway Balconies, refers to the meeting place of spectacle and voyeurism in American culture. The presentation will draw for its conceptual beginnings on the history of 1970s performance art, and it will end with the cult of Hollywood. Circular in construct, the show will include works by established artists such as Richard Prince, Francesca Woodman, and Schorr herself, as well as those by recognized emerging artists including Sharon Hayes, Adam Pendleton, and Ryan Trecartin. Ranging in mediums from photography, sculpture, installation, and video, the exhibition will explore the performative impulse so operative in today’s newest art forms. At times dark and perverse, and at others transcendent, the work included in Schorr’s exhibition will play off a pop-infused, contemporary American vernacular.  

Organized by Collier Schorr.