Art21, BOMB, & the Mid-Manhattan Library
a film screening and conversation
Art:21‚ÄîArt in the Twenty-First Century Season 4 episode Romance
After the screening Betsy Sussler, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of BOMB Magazine, will join artist Judy Pfaff for a conversation and Q&A session.
Monday, March 3rd, 2008 at 6:30pm
The New York Public Library
40th Street and 5th Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY 10016
Elevators to access the 6th floor.
All events are FREE and open to the public.
How do contemporary artists respond to traditionally romantic ideals such as sentimentality, pathos, and the philosophy of art for art‚Äôs sake? This episode poses questions about the value of pleasure in art and features artists whose works are extended meditations on mortality, love, reality and make-believe. The Art:21 episode Romance was shot on location in New York, NY, Tivoli, NY; Kingston, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Berlin, Germany; London, England; and Paris, France.
Judy Pfaff designed an exhibition around the sadness and loss she experienced following the death of several of her closest friends and family members. Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making on site, she creates a sprawling sculptural installation that explores the worlds of black and white, and blends landscape and architecture into an organic whole.
Pierre Huyghe uses various forms of expression to create new worlds and investigate the circulation of stories. His films, installations and public projects closely examine culture and boundaries, and use playfulness and humor as a way to address complex social topics. From an expedition in Antarctica to a small-town parade, he thrives on the production and documentation of new and scripted realities.
Lari Pittman draws inspiration from a childhood that allowed him to be creative and imaginative, as well as from an acute awareness of our country‚Äôs attitude toward the gay community. His meticulously-layered paintings transform decoration, pattern and signage into elaborate scenes in which viewers get swept away by their dizzying complexity.
Laurie Simmons‚Äôs first feature film The Music of Regret provided her with an opportunity to literally bring her photography to life. Staging scenes with puppets, ventriloquist dummies, and dancers costumed as everyday objects (a book, a clock, a cake), she creates a nostalgic world that explores the sentiments of love and romance among family and neighbors.