Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict

IMAGE WAR
Contesting Images of Political Conflict

May 19-June 25, 2006
Art Gallery of The Graduate Center
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm
 
Organized by the 2005-06 Helena Rubenstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program: Benjamin Godsill, Stamatina Gregory, Katy Rogers, and Susanne Ø. Sæther.
 
This exhibit brings together artistic responses to the mediation of images of war and conflict in our current digitized media culture. It focuses on strategies of appropriation of mass-disseminated images of conflict, many of which have received an iconic status due to the mass media’s extreme packaging and filtration of images since the first Gulf War. The works in Image War remix, transform, or mimic images from the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans, hijackings, popular uprisings, recent American military interventions, and other violent political events.
 
Artists included in the exhibition:
Willie Doherty, Claire Fontaine, Coco Fusco, Rainer Ganahl, Joy Garnett, Johan Grimonprez, Jon Haddock, Amar Kanwar, An-My Le, Dinh Q. Le, Radical Software Group (RSG), Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand.
 
EVENTS SURROUNDING THE EXHIBITION

CONVERSATION: Alex Galloway and Joy Garnett
The artists will discuss strategies of media appropriation related to their own practices
Tuesday, May 23, 7-9 p.m., Martin E. Segal Theatre
 
SCREENING: Coco Fusco’s Operation Atropos
The artists screens her new video Operation Atropos and leads a question and answer session. This video, making its New York debut, documents Fusco and several of her students participating in the activities of a field course in U.S. military interrogation techniques, which involves an immersive simulation of the POW experience.
Tuesday, May 30, 7-9 p.m., Martin E. Segal Theatre
 
PERFORMANCE: neurotransmitter
The artist collective leads a locative radio performance through sites of mainstream media production in midtown Manhattan. Bring a portable radio and your walking shoes.
Thursday, June 8, 5:30 p.m. Departs from the lobby of the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
 
 
This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. The Independent Study Program is supported in part by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo; The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc.; the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.; The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust; the Easton Foundation; and the Whitney Contemporaries of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Endowment support is provided by the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.; The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc.; the Helena Rubinstein Foundation; and George S. Harris.

Submitted on: MAY 19, 2006

Category: James Gallery