New Museum

Museum as Hub: In and Out of Context REDUX

26 Mar - 25 Jul 2010

© Julieta Aranda
Memories of things present #2, 2008
Wine glasses, newspaper, and cotton, seeds, dimensions variable.
Photo: Julieta Arand

March 26 - July 25, 2010

“Museum as Hub: In and Out of Context” reveals a partnership of arts organizations pursuing experimental methods of exhibition, communication, and collaboration, and considers the consequences of being part of a “hub,” including challenges of producing and exhibiting work in differing international contexts. The yearlong project is conceived as a changing exhibition that incorporates works commissioned by Museum as Hub partners as well as works by an extended network of artists and organizations from around the world. Central to this presentation is the design of the Museum as Hub space by Choi Jeong Hwa that serves as an “envelope” for the year—a flexible space that is an active zone for viewing, discussion, and activity.

For “In and Out of Context: REDUX,” the third stage of this exhibition, artists Ayreen Anastas, Julieta Aranda, and Rene Gabri present an evolving series of works, publications, events, and discussions to explore the museum as a site of exchange and catalyst for experimentation. Through individual and collective works, Anastas, Gabri, and Programs for Research and Outreach (PRO)’s project, Project for a Revolution in New York, or How to arrest a Hurricane, explores art’s potential place in the economic, national, and urban struggles by activating a pool of artists, agitators, thinkers, and former or aspiring revolutionaries to develop a series of works, events, occurrences, and interventions within the museum and in the city. Julieta Aranda’s project, All the memory of the world (We can remember it for you), consists of several newly commissioned sculptures, a wall installation that will develop over a three-month period, a newspaper publication, a screening, and discussions that expose “declarative memory,” a kind of representation of the past that requires articulation. For her, such articulations are part of a process in which we seek to track the truth and our witnessing of it—a type of memory that is contested but for which we become accountable.

As a project that thrives on its own evolution, “In and Out of Context: REDUX” invites repeated visits by the public. Details of scheduled events, discussions, and opportunities for participation are outlined below.

Potentials for Collective Research and Action: Activism, Analysis and Aesthetics at a Crossroads
Organized by Programs for Research and Outreach (PRO) in association with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, this event will shift between elements of a seminar, screening, lecture and discussion.
New Museum Theater
Thursday, April 15
Part I: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Part II: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
FREE, limited seating available

After all these introductions I wish to say something
This cinema event by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri is an open-ended “film” emerging out of various lines of inquiry and influences ranging from Situationist experiments, concepts of cinema verité, and performance art of the 1960s and 70s. The screening will be the first and last time this work is shown.
New Museum Theater
Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.
FREE, limited seating available

“Toute la mémoire du monde”/“All the memory of the world”
screening and discussion with Julieta Aranda and guests
This 1956 film by Alain Resnais is a portrait of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. Artist Julieta Aranda and invited guests will lead a discussion following the film.
New Museum Theater
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.
FREE, limited seating available

Tags: Ayreen Anastas, Julieta Aranda, Rene Gabri, Choi Jeong-Hwa