Walker Art Center Presents Major Group Exhibition The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance
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Walker Art Center Presents Major Group Exhibition The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance

Presenting works from the early 20th century to today, The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance is a large-scale group exhibition which examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and visual gesture, featuring artists who have constructed static or near-static experiments that hover somewhere between action and representation as they are experienced in the gallery.

Stillness and permanence are qualities typically seen as inherent to painting and sculpture—consider the frozen gestures of a historical tableau, the timelessness of a still life painting, or the unyielding solidity of a bronze or marble figure. The Paradox of Stillness, however, expands the artwork’s quality of stillness to accommodate uncertain temporalities and physical states. The exhibition rethinks the history of performance, featuring artists whose works include performative elements but also embrace acts, objects, and gestures that refer more to the inert qualities of traditional painting or sculpture than to true staged action. Investigating the interplay between the fixed image and the live body, this major group exhibition showcases over 100 works by approximately 60 artists, including fifteen live performances throughout the duration of the show by Francesco Arena, Simone Forti, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anthea Hamilton, Maria Hassabi, Pierre Huyghe, Anne Imhof, Joan Jonas, Goshka Macuga, Senga Nengudi, Roman Ondák, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tino Sehgal, Cally Spooner, and Franz Erhard Walther.

The presentation features works by Marina Abramović, Giovanni Anselmo, Francesco Arena, Vanessa Beecroft, Larry Bell, Robert Breer, Trisha Brown, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Elliot Caplan, Paul Chan, Merce Cunningham, Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, VALIE EXPORT, Lara Favaretto, T. Lux Feininger, Urs Fischer, Simone Forti, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anthea Hamilton, David Hammons, Philip Haas, Maria Hassabi, Pierre Huyghe, Anne Imhof, Joan Jonas, Yves Klein, Paul Kos, David Lamelas, Fernand Léger, Goshka Macuga, Maruja Mallo, Piero Manzoni, Fabio Mauri, Lucia Moholy, Robert Morris, Dudley Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Senga Nengudi, Paulina Olowska, Roman Ondak, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pope.L, Charles Ray, Pietro Roccasalva, Anri Sala, Xanti Schawinsky, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schmidt, Cindy Sherman, Roman Signer, Laurie Simmons, Avery Singer, Cally Spooner, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Mickalene Thomas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Franco Vaccari, Franz Erhard Walther, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West, Jordan Wolfson, and Haegue Yang.

The show opens Saturday, April 18, 2020 and is on view through Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Curators: Vincenzo de Bellis, curator and associate director of programs, Visual Arts; with Jadine Collingwood, curatorial fellow, Visual Arts