Evan Roth – Landscape with a Ruin
October 20 – November 10, 2017
Landscape with a Ruin, exhibited at the Mona Bismarck American Center during FIAC and Paris Photo, explores the physicality of the Internet to engage with Nature and better understand the cultural shifts brought about by the increasingly frequent demands of technology.
In autumn 2014, Evan Roth set out on a peculiar kind of pilgrimage: he would seek out and visit coastal sites where undersea Internet cables emerged from the waters. The ensuing trips form the basis of Landscapes (2014-ongoing), an extraordinary body of work grappling with one of the most fundamental issues of today’s networked condition: the fast-changing concept of being in time and space.
Roth visited landing locations in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Sweden, France, and South Africa. With every journey, the pilgrimage’s original purpose receded a little more, the artist shiftin his attention from mapping the place to simply being there. Roth recorded his work with a camera doctored to shoot in infrared, the frequency of the information traveling through fiber optic cables. Each video was then uploaded to a server located in the country of the site represented. Watching these works is thus an almost performative act of receiving data traveling physically from the work’s places of origin.
The Internet is always centrally figured in theories of contemporary cultural acceleration. But Roth’s videos carve out a space for contemplation wholly absent from the digital sphere. Landscapes has little to do with an Internet (or, indeed, Post-Internet) aesthetic, drawing instead on romanticism, landscape painting, and the pictorial tradition of ruins. Inscribed in an artistic and philosophical history that has sought to come to terms with one’s very place in the world, they rekindle an inquisitiveness and sense of wonder many had thought lost.
Wasteland: New Art from Los Angeles
March 12 – July 17, 2016
Wasteland: New Art from Los Angeles is a group exhibition curated by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)’s Director and Curator, Shamim M. Momin, at two parallel venues in Paris: the Mona Bismarck American Center and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin. The exhibition will be on view from March 12 through July 17, 2016 and features many of the most exciting contemporary artists based in Los Angeles, including Edgar Arceneaux, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Math Bass, Mark Bradford, Sam Falls, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jon Pylypchuk, Fay Ray, Ry Rocklen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Analia Saban, Shannon Ebner/Erika Vogt, and Brenna Youngblood.
On the occasion of this unprecedented collaboration between LAND, the Mona Bismarck American Center, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, new commissions by the fourteen participating artists, as well as recent works, will be on view. The entirety of the works respond to their respective exhibition spaces, providing a unique dialogue between the works themselves. As part of LAND’s first international endeavor, the organization has initiated an original partnership between a cultural institution and a gallery in France, creating parallel entry-points to the artists’ creations. Furthering the dialogue between two of the most dynamic art cities in the world, LAND and its partners will present curated programming that will take place in both Paris and Los Angeles throughout the run of the exhibition.
Superheroes: The Art of Alex Ross
March 5 – June 15, 2014
“Superheroes” was the first museum exhibition celebrating the artwork of Alex Ross, today’s foremost comic book artist. Ross, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work, is often referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” Featuring a vast selection of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from Ross’s personal collection, the pieces ranged from his early career projects with Marvel to more recent work. Through intimate looks at familiar characters, this exhibition outlined Ross’s career of redefining comic books and graphic novels for a new generation of followers of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and other classic comic book superheroes.
Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century
October 16, 2013 – January 26, 2014
During his lifetime, Yousuf Karsh held over 15,000 sittings and produced over 150,000 negatives. Among these were portraits of some of the most exhilarating political, cultural and intellectual figures from France and the United States, including Ernest Hemingway, François Mauriac, Grace Kelly, Christian Dior and Man Ray. Karsh transformed intimate portraits into public icons, making a deep impression on personal and historical memory throughout the 20th century. The exhibition reunited approximately 70 of the photographer’s most striking portraits, juxtaposing Frank Lloyd Wright with Le Corbusier, for example, and Charles de Gaulle with Dwight Eisenhower. Original photographs rarely seen in France traced Karsh’s remarkable career and the extraordinary lives of those he photographed.
Little Black Dress
July 3 – September 22, 2013
Organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art and curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley, “Little Black Dress” charted the historical and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon. Featuring approximately 50 garments from a canon of modern fashion designers, the exhibition included contributions from veteran fashion designers and those of the International Best-Dressed List. The exhibition highlighted the strength of individualism, charting the evolution of the little black dress from its native definition of invariable propriety, to new and distinctly contemporary explorations of texture, tone and silhouette.
Quilt Art: Patchwork Art
February 13 – May 19, 2013
Mixing cloths and traditions from the Old World, local production and natural imagery unique to the United States, quilt making evolved into a distinctively American tradition with its own style and iconography. New types of quilts developed to reflect the new country, and patterns evolved that had never before existed, including the Star of Bethlehem, Rose of Sharon, Album quilts, and more. “Quilt Art” featured twenty-five such quilts from the distinguished collections of the American Museum in Britain, and served as an exceptional occasion to celebrate the depth and diversity of the American tradition.
Mary Cassatt in Paris: Prints and Drawings from the Ambroise Vollard Collection
September 26, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), the only American and one of only three women included among the French Impressionists, was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. Born in Pennsylvania, she embarked to Europe as a student, choosing to pursue her artistic career in Paris, where she found abundant inspiration for her prints, drawings, etchings, paintings, pastels and counterproofs. Ambroise Vollard, the daring art dealer of the Impressionists, renowned for his taste in the graphic arts, recognized early on the extraordinary technical quality of her prints. So struck was he by their modernity and appeal that he went on to acquire Cassatt’s entire studio collection of prints and drawings, most of which had never been exhibited in France until this exhibition.