Saturday, September 19, 6–8pm
Join us to celebrate the opening of two solo exhibitions.
Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!
Anthea Hamilton (born 1978 in London, UK) will feature new and existing works for her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Investigating cultural appropriation and pop culture, Hamilton mines countercultures in music, fashion, and design (such as disco in the 1970s) and their entrance into the mainstream. Hamilton questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media in her sculptures and videos.
A centerpiece of her exhibition at SculptureCenter, Project for door, is a new commission inspired by a model made by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce in 1972. Originally intended to be a doorway for a Manhattan skyscraper, the work was never realized. Comprised of a man’s naked bottom, people would pass between his legs, which framed a doorway. In Hamilton’s version, she has interpreted the model, creating a large-scale sculpture that refers to Pesce’s original idea but within a new context.
Gabriel Sierra: Numbers in a Room
Gabriel Sierra (born 1975, San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia) will create a new group of work in SculptureCenter’s lower level galleries for his first solo museum exhibition in New York City. Working site-specifically, Sierra follows the architecture and design logic and functions of interior spaces. Using narrative as a guiding principle, he creates frameworks that reconfigure the scale and geometry of the space and its objects.
By modifying and extending the guiding information of the exhibition space, Sierra will restructure the lower level galleries, effacing and confusing distinctions between the architecture, the institution, and the works that comprise the exhibition. The combination of alternative and existing floor plans, signage, and objects in the space all refer to the codes for viewing and maneuvering through the context of an exhibition.