2019 Exhibitions

Martha Rosler: Passionate Signals
Sept 17, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020

Martha Rosler: Passionate Signals was the first exhibition by the acclaimed New York–based photo and video artist to center primarily on her interest in flowers, gardens, and related “green” motifs. This may seem a somewhat unorthodox iconographic preoccupation for an artist fêted for her critical interventions in the public sphere and for her pioneering role in bringing together art and activism, aesthetics and politics. Pairing a selection of twenty-five years’ worth of flower and garden photographs with emblematic early video pieces and a domestically scaled earthwork, Passionate Signals highlighted the social, political, and economic costs of producing beauty at its most innocuous. “Say it with flowers” – but what, exactly?

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April 25 – Sept 6, 2019

Dedicated to the curious phenomenon of the philosopher’s retreat, HUTOPIA took as its point of departure two famous philosopher’s huts: Martin Heidegger’s Black Forest cabin in the German village of Todtnauberg and the lesser-known mountain refuge built by Ludwig Wittgenstein in the remote Norwegian village of Skjolden. Both huts were constructed around the same time to serve the same purpose: offering their occupants the kind of isolation conducive to thinking the kind of thoughts that would go on to revolutionize twentieth-century philosophy. Completing the triumvirate of modern German-language philosophy is Theodor Adorno, whose theorizing was likewise decisively shaped by his American exile – another kind of philosopher’s retreat. HUTOPIA brought together works by Alec Finlay, Patrick Lakey, Goshka Macuga, Guy Moreton, and Ewan Telford alongside John Preus’s interpretations of these hermetic structures, and offered a properly three-dimensional reflection on the relationship between place and thought and the joys and perils of exile and retreat. 

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Jan 17 – April 5, 2019

Named after a Paul Klee print from 1918, this exhibition was devoted to the curious art of the book cover, more specifically the titular “little world” of philosophy and theory publishing in which Klee’s imagery has proven itself so enduringly popular. In addition to a selection of Klee-infused book covers, a special section of the exhibition was dedicated to a similarly iconic image familiar to us from many a frontispiece, namely Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. The result was a bibliophilic reflection on the afterlife of images, and the power they wield over disciplines of the mind that often fancy themselves above imaging. (Not so.) The exhibition included new works by Zachary Cahill, R. H. Quaytman, and David Schutter. Curated by Dieter Roelstraete.

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