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ORLANDO AT APERTURE

“Virginia Woolf wrote Orlando in an attitude of celebration of the oscillating nature of existence. She believed the creative mind to be androgynous. I have come to see Orlando far less as being about gender than about the flexibility of the fully awake and sensate spirit…

“Where I once assumed it was a book about eternal youth, I now see it as a book about growing up, about learning to live.” — Tilda Swinton*

ORLANDO—the Aperture exhibition inspired by Woolf and curated by Swinton—features the work of Zackary Drucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamal Nxedlana, Elle Pérez, Walter Pfeiffer, Sally Potter, Viviane Sassen, Collier Schorr, Mickalene Thomas, and Carmen Winant.

ORLANDO

Through July 11.

Aperture Gallery

547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, New York City.

From top: Photographer unknown, Virginia Stephen in 1912, photograph sent to Leonard Woolf; Lynn Hershman Leeson (2), Rowlands/Bogart (Female Dominant), 1982, from the series Hero Sandwich, hand-painted collage, and Roberta Getting Ready to Go to Work ,1976, photograph of Roberta Breitmore, Leeson’s alter ego in a multiyear performance piece that lasted throughout the 1970s, both courtesy and © the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York; Mickalene Thomas (2), Untitled #3 (Orlando Series) and Untitled #4 (Orlando Series), both 2019 for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, (Untitled #4 is a portrait of Thomas’ partner, Racquel Chevremont); Jamal NxedlanaFAKA Portraits, Johannesburg, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist; Walter Pfeiffer, untitled, 2009, courtesy and © the artist and Art + Commerce, Artists Rights Society, New York, and ProLitteris, Zürich; Collier Schorr, untitled (Casil), 2015–18 (2), courtesy and © the artist and 303 Gallery, New York; Carmen WinantA melon, a pineapple, an olive tree, an emerald, a fox in the snow, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist, (artwork incorporates a photograph of Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville-West); Zackary DruckerRosalyne, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist and Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles.

TILDA SWINTON AND B. RUBY RICH

In conjunction with Aperture‘s Virginia Woolf-inspired ORLANDO exhibition and edition, Tilda Swinton—currently co-starring in Joanna Hogg‘s brilliant new film The Souvenir—and B. Ruby Rich will talk about “images and writings that celebrate gender fluidity, curiosity, and life without limits.”*

TILDA SWINTON and B. RUBY RICH—ORLANDO*

Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 pm.

New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum

476 Fifth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York City.

Virginia Woolf‘s 1928 novel Orlando—inspired by her lover Vita Sackville-West—was made into a 1992 film written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp, and Jimmy Somerville.

From top: Tilda Swinton (left), in the title role of Orlando, with Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I; Virginia Woolf; Vita Sackville-West; Aperture 235, Summer 2019 issue; Swinton in Orlando. Images courtesy and © the artists, filmmakers, and publishers.

BRIAN DILLON’S ESSAYISM

Considering the work of Virginia WoolfMichel de Montaigne, Roland Barthes, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Georges Perec, Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, E.M. Cioran, William Carlos Williams, and Maurice Blanchot, among others, Brian Dillon’s ESSAYISM—“a love letter to belle-lettrists, an account of the indispensable lifelines of reading and writing”—is out now.*

 

Brian Dillon, Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Non-Fiction (New York: New York Review Books, 2018).*

Elizabeth Hardwick.

ART AND VIRGINIA WOOLF

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An exhibition of work over the last 150 years by eighty women artists centered on the writing of Virginia Woolf is on view now in West Sussex.

The show includes paintings, sculptures, and photographs by Vanessa Bell, Dora Carrington, Claude CahunBarbara Hepworth, and Zanele Muholi.

 

VIRGINIA WOOLF—AN EXHIBITION INSPIRED BY HER WRITINGS, through September 16.

PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, 9 North Pallant, Chichester.

pallant.org.uk/virginia-woolf

Above: Zanele Muholi, Bona, Charlottesville, 2015. Image credit: Tate Photography.

Below: Dora Carrington, Spanish Landscape with Mountains, circa 1924. Image credit: Tate Museum.

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Spanish Landscape with Mountains circa 1924 Dora Carrington 1893-1932 Bequeathed by Frances Partridge 2004 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T11896

THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION

John Akomfrah’s THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION, his documentary masterpiece about Stuart Hall —the summer highlight of MOMA‘s Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection exhibition—will screen through July 30.

This three-channel video installation in its own dedicated “cinema” has been drawing crowds who tend to stay for the entire running-time and then watch it again.

From Adrian Searle’s Guardian review after CONVERSATION’s first appearance in 2012:

“The best work in the [Liverpool] biennial is undoubtedly Akomfrah’s THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION, a three-screen video based on the life, work and talk of the incomparable Jamaican-born thinker Stuart Hall. Much more than biopic, Akomfrah juxtaposes archive news footage, readings of William Blake, Charles Dickens, and Virginia Woolf and most of all Hall’s own voice, to describe the world’s tumbling. Hall’s thoughts about identity, immigration and selfhood, evolve through a roar of telling images. The film, like the essence of Hall’s work, is about the conundrum of being in the world, and is as unexpected as it is brilliant.”*

THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION
Through July 30.
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York City.

moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3651?locale=en

*theguardian.com/uk/2012/sep/14/liverpool-biennial-2012-exhibition-space

John Akomfrah, The Unfinished Conversation (2012). Three-screen installation, HD video, color, sound, 45 mins (detail of still).

Courtesy the artist, the Warwick Arts Centre, and Carroll Fletcher.

John Akomfrah: The Unfinished Conversation

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