Birgit Jürgenssen

English
Identity Revisited

Identity Revisited

The Warehouse, Dallas

01/02/16 – 02/12/16

Identity Revisited is an examination of personal and cultural notions of identity in contemporary art. International in scope and spanning many generations, this exhibition includes work that addresses history, gender, race, childhood, mortality, and memory.

Each gallery presents a self-contained experience. Some display the work of a single artist; others offer opportunities to look broadly across various themes and concepts. Gallery 1 is occupied by two sculptures. One, by Pierre Huyghe, redeploys the remnants of a colonial-era, neoclassical sculpture as a contemporary living sculptural ecosystem. The other, by Louise Bourgeois, is the artist’s personal construction, with carved and found elements captured in a cell-like cubic cage that reminds one of both schoolrooms and incarceration and functions as a bell jar for memories and psychological trauma. Gallery 2 also has two works in it, each a self-portrait by the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, both among this great artist’s last works. These portrayals of a man near the end of his life—strong, yet frail, pensive, and resolute—are emboldened and somewhat defiant acts of personal and political affirmation and assertion. The juxtaposition of the works in Gallery 3 examines ideas of scale and its role in representation. At the center is an enigmatic, monumental sculpture, by Thomas Schütte, of a man in a robe. This is surrounded by intimate, life-sized sculptures by artists of various generations and cultural backgrounds. Gallery 6 presents another aspect of portraiture, with portraits and self-portraiture that reflect a wide spectrum of the art of the past six decades. In Gallery 16 the focus narrows again, with works that are personal and cultural ruminations on identity, all made by German born artists working during the postwar period.

Identity Revisited draws works from The Rachofsky Collection, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Dallas Museum of Art, Goss-Michael Collection, The Pinnell Collection, the Collection of Marguerite and Robert Hoffman, The Rose Collection, and Sharon and Michael Young.

Allan Schwartzman
Exhibition Curator

Artists: Doug Aitken, Kai Althoff, Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford,Troy Brauntuch, Cris Brodahl, Brian Calvin, Maurizio Cattelan, Judy Chicago, Nigel Cooke, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Tim Gardner, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Eva Hesse, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Birgit Jürgenssen, Sanya Kantarovsky, On Kawara, William Kentridge, Tetsumi Kudo, Michael Landy, Charles Ledray, Glenn Ligon, Victor Man, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marisa Merz, Hiroshi Nakamura, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Giulio Paolini, Alessandro Pessoli, Sigmar Polke, Marc Quinn, Charles Ray, Lucas Samaras, Thomas Schütte, Kiki Smith, Do Ho Suh, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Kara Walker, Andro Wekua.