Elmgreen & Dragset: Drama Queens
Drama Queens is a comedic one-act play originally created for the 2007 Skulptur Projekte in Münster, Germany, and now lives on as a video of the performance. Over the course of 45 minutes, works by Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti, and Jeff Koons come to life to discuss the meaning of art and their own existence. Drama Queens uses both parody and homage to satirize the art world while simultaneously making serious inquiries into territories of existentialism. Our own hopes and anxieties are embodied by the anthropomorphized works, whose quick and witty dialogue will bring a smile to the faces of art aficionados and novices alike.
Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Norway) have worked as a collaborative team since the mid-1990s. Their ambitious exhibitions have been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010), MUSAC, León, Spain (2009), Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2006), MCA Chicago (2005), Tate Modern, London (2004), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2001). In 2003, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In 2009, Elmgreen & Dragset were awarded Special Mention at the Venice Biennale for The Collectors, their highly elaborate exhibition for the Danish and Nordic Pavilions.
Joanna Kidd: Double Self-Portrait
Double Self Portrait is a video installation that relies on the written word as much as it does the moving image. In her video, Kidd invites viewers to transform the written narrative of her formative years into a verbal portrait as well by reading her words. The image of a face emerges over the course of the video to reveal both a second representation of the artist and to create a semiotic tension between the word and the symbol. Kidd has questioned the nature of memory itself, saying, “The act of writing allows us to clarify our ideas and perceptions, but at the same time the act of putting a thought or memory into words changes the very nature of the experience.” Double Self Portrait uses a private experience to create a publicly shared narrative, and thereby forever alters the original memory of said experience.
Joanna Kidd is a northern California sculptor, printmaker, and video installation artist. After graduating in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College, she studied Printmaking and Sculpture at San Francisco State University. She then moved to Florence, Italy, where she lived for eight years. She received a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia Techniques from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In 2012, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park. She has participated in exhibitions and video festivals in Italy, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, England, France, Sweden, and the United States.
Kurt Simonson: Chase
In describing his ongoing series I Love You, Man, the artist states that his work explores the “deep intimacy of friendship that can exist between men, a depth that most men desire but are often afraid to express to one another.” Simonson’s project is significant in part because it adds a new layer of meaning to the concept of the male gaze—the idea that men have traditionally structured our view of the world as film directors, photographers, and even advertising executives. Here the artist presents surprisingly intimate, vulnerable views of other men he knows personally. The juxtaposition of Simonson’s photograph with the Museum’s historical works reinforces identifiable tropes and gestures in portraiture across many centuries, such as the use of a monochromatic yet atmospheric background, dramatic lighting, and even the projection of identity.
Kurt Simonson (b. 1977) is an artist/educator based in Long Beach, CA, whose work is regularly exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and has been published in the London Sunday Times Magazine, Fraction Magazine, and Lenscratch. He received a Curator’s Choice award from CENTER Santa Fe and was chosen as a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Kurt teaches at Biola University, where he is Associate Professor of Photography in the Art Department.
So Say We All: Righteous Exploits
Righteous Exploits is a multimedia sound, projection, and narrative performance created by Margaret Noble and Justin Hudnall. Originally intended as a chronicle of the life of Noble’s grandmother, 1940s-era labor activist Helen Hosmer, and her persecution by Joseph McCarthy, the investigation led to the discovery of an uncanny cycle of behavior shared by the women of her family to prosper at the expense of their children. For four consecutive generations with unnerving specificity, each rebelled against but ultimately imitated the preceding generation. With sound and visual art by Noble and story by Hudnall, the audience is taken through a darkly funny and poignant demonstration of eternal recurrence. Directed by Lisa Berger. Run time: 1 hour.
Teenage Burritos are a San Diego-based band that draws from post-punk, garage, 1960s girl groups, and doo-wop. Formed by Kirsten Gundel and Christmas Island drummer Lucy Wehrly in 2012, the band released a 6-song cassette on Burger Records that quickly went out of print. Fans of female-fronted groups like Kleenex, Quix*o*tic and Henry's Dress will not be disappointed.
San Diego psychedelic beat shuffler Karaoke delivers far-away, nostalgic compositions thatwill delight fans of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Boards of Canada.