26 Mar - 06 Sep 2010
Bootleg (Empire), 1995
Video installation, dimensions variable
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift of the artist, 2004.99
Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance
26 March - 6 September 2010
Much contemporary photography and video seems to be haunted by the past, by the history of art, by ghostly apparitions that are reanimated in reproductive media, as well as in live performance and the virtual world. By utilizing stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies that are dated, passé, or quasi-extinct, this art embodies a melancholic longing for an otherwise irrecuperable past. Haunted sets out to examine the myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent art, in the process underscoring the unique power of reproductive media, and documenting a widespread contemporary obsession with accessing the past, both collective and individual. The works included in the exhibition will range from individual photographs, photographic series and installations, to sculptures and paintings that incorporate photographic elements, to video—both on monitors and projected—as well as film, performance and site-specific installations. Drawn primarily from the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, Haunted will feature recent acquisitions, along with key loans. Included in the show will be such artists as Marina Abramovc, Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Gregory Crewdson, Stan Douglas, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Isaac Julien, Zoe Leonard, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall.