The Whitney’s 2016 Independent Study Program Exhibition, ON LIMITS: ESTRANGEMENT IN THE EVERYDAY, To Be Presented at The Kitchen

Starting May 24th through to June 11, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program presents On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, curated by the ISP’s 2015–2016 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows: Daniella Rose King, Viktor Neumann, Samuele Piazza, and Kari Rittenbach.

The exhibition takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York. The hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm; Saturday, 11 am–6 pm. Admission is free.

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday features works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Francis Alÿs, Hannah Black, Merlin Carpenter, Enrique Chagoya, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claire Fontaine, Harun Farocki, Toril Johannessen, William E. Jones, Barbara Kruger, An-My Lê, William Leavitt, Yolanda López, Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Opie, Claire Pentecost, William Raban, Allan Sekula, Jason Simon, A.L. Steiner, Milica Tomić, and Taocheng Wang.

On Limits considers the many ways in which artists and artworks address contradictions in day-to-day reality, whether in an explicitly political register or in more subtle, even satirical, modes. By examining the ways in which we are estranged from others, the exhibition questions the limits placed on our ability to imagine alternative forms of social organization.

Rather than settle narrowly on a coherent theme or single issue, this experimental exhibition allows particular themes—from social reproduction to queerness or the environment—to be highlighted momentarily in correspondences between artworks that, for example, work with language, or the documentary mode; works that use the form of the advertisement, calling out to the viewer; works that play on presence and absence, or expose techniques of capture or surveillance; works that probe the cultural notion of waste or decay; and still others that survey the body, under siege, at work, on the run, and online.

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday is a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and The Kitchen. Curatorial Participants of the ISP are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the long standing support of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Kevin Jerome Everson: Park Lanes

Whitney Museum of American Art’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Friday, June 3, 10:45 am

Park Lanes (2015; 480 min) transposes the space of cinema to the factory floor, documenting the highly mediated and abstracted movements of its laborers across a full eight-hour day of work, in real time. The title of the film refers to the name of the bowling alley Everson used to frequent in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.

An-My Lê and Jason Simon: Against the Grain

Whitney Museum of American Art’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm

This panel invited two artists from On Limits to introduce their photography-based works on view at The Kitchen and to examine the role of the documentary form as a critical or conceptual strategy within contemporary art. A discussion with the ISP curatorial fellows will position these practices in relation to the preceding screening of Kevin Jerome Everson’s Park Lanes. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Tracey Moffatt: Montages

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street

Friday, June 10, 2 pm and 4 pm

Two screenings of the full series of Moffatt’s Montages will accompany the regular showing of Other (2010; 7 min.) in the exhibition. In the series, Moffatt and her editor, Gary Hillberg, transform Hollywood studio films into stylishly subversive “hymns to cinema.” Created over the course of a decade, the videos include: Lip (1999; 10 min.), Artist (2000; 10 min.), Love (2003; 21 min.), Doomed (2007; 10 min.), Revolution (2008; 14 min.), Mother (2009; 20 min.), and Other (2010; 7 min.).

Support for the Independent Study Program is provided by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, The Capital Group Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Whitney Contemporaries through their annual Art Party Benefit.

Endowment support is provided by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.

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