Stories: Philip-Lorca diCorcia & Constance DeJong
Stories features photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s A Storybook Life (1978-1999) and writer and performer Constance DeJong’s Radios (2015-ongoing). Through images, audio, and objects, the artists’ fragmented narratives invite viewers to become an active part of storytelling.
DiCorcia’s A Storybook Life creates a dreamland straddling documentary and staged photography through tableaus of domestic situations using friends and family as models. The work is arranged in a particular, nonlinear order, with only four complete sets in existence.
For Radios, DeJong presents a set of vintage radios simultaneously playing intimate and disarming narratives. She says: “The speaking voice disconnected from a body can invoke intense listening, a kind of attention like no other.”
Stories is curated by Kevin Moore.
WHEN THE MEDIUM WASN'T: San Francisco's Dilexi Series
Broadcast across the Bay Area in 1969, the Dilexi Series is a collection of radical television programs created by a host of artists including Julian Beck, Walter De Maria, Kenneth Dewey, Robert Frank, Anna Halprin, Philip Makanna, Yvonne Rainer, Terry Riley and Arlo Acton, Edwin Schlossberg, Andy Warhol, William Wiley, and Frank Zappa.
Commissioned by Dilexi Gallery director Jim Newman and KQED-9 TV, the Dilexi Series was visually original, thematically diverse, and subversive programming made with complete disregard for “good” TV.
Curated by Steve Seid and co-presented with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Screenings daily in MFA’s media room.
Program 1: Paradigm Shift (starts at 10 am)
Anna Halprin, Right On
Terry Riley & Arlo Acton, Music with Balls
Philip Makanna, The Empire of Things
Program 2: Marching Orders (starts at 11:15 am)
Yvonne Rainer, Dance Fractions for the West Coast
Program 3: Acts of Seeing (starts at 12:15 pm)
Walter De Maria, Hardcore
Edwin Schlossberg, Making Visible
Program 4: New Performance (starts at 1:10 pm)
Julian Beck, Rites of Guerrilla Theater
Kenneth Dewey, Night-Eye Fire
Program 5: Young & Old (starts at 2:20 pm)
Robert Frank, Conversations in Vermont
Andy Warhol, Paul Swan
Program 6: Late Night Talk (starts at 3:30 pm) *
Frank Zappa, Burnt Weeny Sandwich
William Wiley, What do you talk about? Parts 1 & 2
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture
The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents two major installations by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture (2015) and Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (2015), shown alongside preparatory watercolor sketches. The exhibition explores Kjartansson’s fascination with artifice, the sublime, Western dreams and norms, and French Rococo painter Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).
Scenes from Western Culture is a collection of videos depicting a faintly absurd and occasionally ominous vision of Western life. Kjartansson draws inspiration from Watteau’s pastoral scenes of aristocrats enjoying various festivities, a style that coined the phrase fête galante.
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt features a series of free-standing paintings of snowy crags. The exposed plywood on the reverse side transforms the sculpture to a theater set. Translated as “only he who knows longing” from a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt champions the sublime and the mundane as one.
Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) is an Icelandic artist whose work in video installations, performances, drawings, and paintings play on the history of film, music, visual culture, and literature. His pieces are connected through humor and pathos, with each deeply influenced by the comedy and tragedy of classical theater. Kjartansson’s use of duration and repetition to harness collective emotion is a hallmark of his practice.
Public Opening Reception | Saturday, June 2, 2018