In her performances, Jutta Koether enacts a highly specific form of entangled action centering on and around specific artworks. Embedded with performative possibility, these objects—positioned in a room, a situation, a city—circuit together in a network of language, duration, and the artist’s active negotiation between producer and produced.*
Jutta Koether, Fifth Season Act, Apotheosically, Artists Space, 2012 (2); Koether (right) and Kim Gordon at the Mike Kelley opening, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, March 30, 2014, photograph by Rachel Murray.
What does a feminist exhibition on masculinity look like? This was the question asked by curators Eva Birkenstock, Michelle Cotton, and Nikola Dietrich while organizing MASKULINITÄTEN, their three-part exhibition now open in Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.
The Bonn section—curated by Cotton, head of Artistic Programmes and Content at Mudam, Luxembourg—includes work by Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Alexandra Bircken, PatriciaL. Boyd, Jana Euler, Hal Fischer, Eunice Golden, Richard Hawkins, Jenny Holzer, Hudinilson Jr., Allison Katz, Mahmoud Khaled, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Robert Morris, D’Ette Nogle, Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Bea Schlingelhoff, and AnitaSteckel.
The Cologne section—curated by Dietrich, director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein—includes Georgia Anderson & David Doherty & Morag Keil & Henry Stringer, Louis Backhouse, OlgaBalema,Gerry Bibby, Juliette Blightman, Anders Clausen, Enrico David, Jonathas deAndrade, Jimmy DeSana, Hedi El Kholti, Hilary Lloyd, Shahryar Nashat, CarolRama, Bea Schlingelhoff, Heji Shin, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Carrie Mae Weems, MarianneWex, Martin Wong, and Katharina Wulff.
The presentation in Düsseldorf—curated by Birkenstock, director of the Kunstverein for theRheinland and Westfalen, Düsseldorf—features the work of Vito Acconci, The Agency, KerenCytter, Vaginal Davis, Nicole Eisenman, Andrea Fraser, keyon gaskin with Samiya Bashir, sidony o’neal & Adee Roberson, Philipp Gufler, Annette Kennerley, Sister Corita Kent, Jürgen Klauke, Jutta Koether, Tetsumi Kudo, Klara Lidén, Henrik Olesen, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Josephine Pryde, Lorenzo Sandoval, Julia Scher, Agnes Scherer, BeaSchlingelhoff, Katharina Sieverding, Nancy Spero, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.
MASKULINITÄTEN will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Koenig Books, with contributions by—among others—CAConrad, Nelly Gawellek, Chris Kraus, Quinn Latimer, Kerstin Stakemeier, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Änne Söll.
This weekend the Mike Kelley retrospective opens at MOCA. The exhibition travelled from the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to MoMA/PS1 in New York, and it ends in his hometown of Los Angeles. This is the largest exhibition of Kelley’s work, spanning his career from 1974 to early 2012. It features, “…drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography, and painting – exploring themes as diverse as American class relations, sexuality, repressed memory, systems of religion and transcendence, and post-punk politics…” The exhibition runs from March 31 – July 28, 2014 at The Geffin Contemporary.