Issue #178
Any Port In A Storm November 11, 2011

Artists Space

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The Mobile Archive and "Identity"

The Mobile Archive
U.T. Visual Arts Center
November 4 - December 17, 2011

Archive fever is hard to cure. The gathering together inherent within archives taps into the part of our psyches that seeks communion and the desire to collect the things that represent us. Co-organized by VAC curatorial fellows past and present, Noah Simblist and Kate Green, The Mobile Archive brings its cache of video works from the Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon, Israel to U.T’s Visual Art Center. The jet-setting archive has already made international stops in Milan, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Basel and Zagreb amongst others, showcasing political video work by mainly Israeli artists along the way. No need to worry about comfort, the library will be installed in The Arcade gallery with seating and headphones so that you can spend the necessary time with the selections. A pseudo-domestic setting that blurs the boundary between exhibition space and ‘home’ is, after-all, the perfect one for viewing such an archive. In addition to the VAC adding twenty-five works, further screenings will engage larger audiences throughout the roaming archives stay in Austin, making this prescient collection of political work an absolute must see.

Artists Space
October 30 - January 15, 2012

Since 1972 Artists Space has been an exhibition space, site for experimentation and hub for discussion. To say this venerable organization traffics in ideas would be a vast understatement. A non-profit venue that supports international and emerging artists within New York City, Artists Space has a rich history of challenging projects from a wide range of significant artists including Adrian Piper, Michael Smith and Louise Lawler just to name a few. The tradition of tackling politics through contemporary art continues in "Identity" which maps the role of graphic identity since the turn of the twentieth century. Organized by Dexter Sinister, the exhibition pays particular attention to art institutions and the precarious relationship between the art and corporate worlds. In a moment when "contemporary art institutions [have] become increasingly preoccupied with their own image," "Identity" asks how corporate notions of branding and governing structure ultimately mediate our experience of artwork and the institution. Keenly aware of the politics of contemporary ideology and economic policy, this exhibition takes a welcomed look at the art world, and through graphic design looks at how art institutions attempt and negotiate these tricky waters.

Eric Zimmerman is an artist and Editor of ...might be good.

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