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PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI


Sept 30, 2016 – April 30, 2017
Sarah Oppenheimer - S281913

Bridging art, architecture, cognitive science, and philosophy, Sarah Oppenheimer (b. 1972, Austin; lives in New York) generates striking perceptual effects through modifications to the gallery environment. With S-281913, Oppenheimer’s newly commissioned project for Pérez Art Museum Miami, the artist intensifies the sensorial dynamics of PAMM’s unique architecture. From certain angles, the rotating glass elements that comprise the work appear transparent, redoubling a sense of emptiness in the gallery. From other vantage points, they present an overload of visual information in their reflections, optically reorienting the gallery’s ceiling or floor from a horizontal plane to a vertical one; the result emphasizes aspects of PAMM’s architectural infrastructure that often go unnoticed, particularly its distinctive lighting system. When configured in tandem with each other, the elements relay the room’s expansive view of Biscayne Bay across the space and through the threshold that marks the gallery’s entrance, underscoring the museum’s relationship to its urban surroundings.

Oppenheimer’s interventions heighten our awareness of the complex mental and bodily processes at work in the ways we understand and experience the spaces we inhabit. At a moment in history when this experience is increasingly mediated through the blue light that emanates from our phones, computers, and TV screens, her work reminds us that even our most fundamental perceptions require constant, critical questioning.

Sarah Oppenheimer: S-281913 is commissioned by Pérez Art Museum Miami and organized by PAMM Curator René Morales. This exhibition is presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co with additional support from Funding Arts Network and FENDI. In-kind support is also gratefully acknowledged from Agnora Glass, AP Precision Machine, Inc., and Thornton Tomasetti Façade Engineering.


Oct. 21, 2016 – April 23 2017
Project Gallery: SUPERFLEX

This exhibition presents Kwassa Kwassa (2015), a film created by the Danish artist collective, SUPERFLEX. Focusing on small, handmade fishing boats—the kwassa kwassa of the title, which translates to “unstable boat,” their construction, and the voyages they enable, the film is a visual meditation on migration, economy, citizenship, and history. It takes as its subject the Comoro Islands, an archipelago in the Mozambique Channel off the southeastern coast of Africa, comprised of islands that are both independent and under French rule.

Through evocative narrative and lush imagery, SUPERFLEX conjures a contemporary myth in this project—making the peculiarities of colonization and geography seem fantastical and allegorical. Their work interrogates questions of economic and social inequality between the so-called first- and developing-worlds, while seeking to reframe migration and movement across the powerful but invisible borders that shape our world as acts of resistance. Project Gallery: SUPERFLEX marks the North American debut of this film.

SUPERFLEX is Jakob Fenger (b. Copenhagen, 1968), Rasmus Nielsen (b. Copenhagen, 1969) and Bjonstjerne Christiansen (b. Copenhagen, 1969). They have worked together since 1993, focusing on socio-economic models, corporate structures, and systems of politics, finance, and production. Many of their best-known works, which they refer to as “tools,” take a diversity of forms, operating as interventions, engaging and disrupting pre-existing codes and forms, and often relying on public participation. Kwassa Kwassa is a masterful and sensitive culmination of their film work to date, combining their rich, detailed style with their trenchant eye for the lived contradictions of global economy.

Nov. 4, 2016 - June 25, 2017
Project Gallery: Ulla von Brandenberg

Alluding to diverse histories rooted in Western traditions, Ulla von Brandenburg (b. 1974, Karlsruhe, Germany; lives in Paris) makes films, drawings, performances, wall paintings, and installations to create multilayered narratives. Her work often references late 19th century expressionist theater, magic, occultism, pre-Freudian psychoanalysis, color theory, and early 20th century Hollywood cinema to investigate how these “pre-archaic” forms relate to modern-day social norms. She creates her own visual vocabulary, combining a range of media to make immersive installations that reconsider contemporary collective experiences. Von Brandenburg often uses the motif of the theater curtain—a threshold between reality and artifice—interpreted as a tool to challenge the relationship between actors, audience, and the stage. She is also interested in the study of European carnival as a legitimate form of social transgression when individuals employ the notion of mask to explore alternative identities. Engaging with popular customs, von Brandenburg’s work takes the viewer to the space that separates reality and imagination, where time is insignificant, prompting new collective associations. At PAMM, the artist will produce a large-scale installation at the museum’s double height project gallery. Project Gallery: Ulla von Brandenburg is curated by María Elena Ortiz, Assistant Curator, at PAMM.

Ulla von Brandenburg studied Scenography and Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, and fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Secession, Vienna; Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; ACCA, Melbourne; La Fondrerie Darling, Montreal; Kasseler Kunsteverein, Kassel; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Kunsthaus, Hamburg; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco. Significant group exhibitions have presented in venues including Performa 15, New York; Musée National d’art Modern/Centre Pompidou, Paris; MAMCO, Geneva; 19th Biennale of Sidney; CAC, Vilnius; Witte de With, Rotterdam; 11th Biennale of Lyon; Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; 53rd Venice Biennale; ICA, Boston, and Tate Modern, London. Her work belongs to several prestigious collections such as the Musée National d’art Modern/Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Kunsthalle of Hamburg; Musée National d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, among others. She lives and works in Paris.



NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

October 23, 2016 - April 23, 2017
Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia

Dormiveglia features nine large-scale oil paintings conceived in 1998 and other works by Francesco Clemente, a leading figure of the Neo-Expressionist movement. Standing, elongated, and statuesque forms of muted, pale colors suggest nebulous half-conscious states between wakefulness and sleep–near dream-like moments of reality and existence, a subject Clemente has explored throughout his career.

These enormous paintings relate to Clemente’s own heritage of Italian fresco painting, while realizing one of his ongoing objectives: “My goal is to collect images and references from these traditions and connect them with the emotions from the present-day, and common experiences.”

Influenced by his upbringing in Southern Italy, years living and working in India, and his later engagement with the 1980s New York art scene, Clemente’s work is equally fragmented across place, time, and states of consciousness, and his subjects shift fluidly between non-western and religious iconography, mythological characters, modernist symbols and representations of animal and human figures. The body – and the female form in particular– has become an integral part of the artist’s vocabulary and approach to exploring transitory states.

Nov. 23, 2016 - April 23, 2017
Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of London-based, Malawian artist Samson Kambalu. Featuring 12 of the artist’s recent films, Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema will be on view from November 23, 2016 – April 23, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator.

A conceptual artist, ethnomusicologist and writer, whose work includes site-specific installations, video, performance art and novels, Samson Kambalu humorously challenges canonical ideas about the history of ideas, art and religion while exploring issues of identity and freedom of expression. Kambalu’s work is informed by his Malawi culture, his fascination with German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and the Protestant tradition of inquiry, criticism and dissent.  Kambalu screens his films in specially designed installations that complement the spirit of the films.

For his NSU Art Museum exhibition, Kambalu’s installation will reference Thomas Edison’s Black Maria, which was the world’s first film production studio, located in West Orange, New Jersey.  Like many of the early films produced at the Black Maria in the 19th century, Kambalu’s films are brief, silent slices of life. The films combine humor and the act of play as an essential characteristic of the artist’s Malawi heritage.  As Kambalu notes, Nyau is a Chewa word for “excess” and making film “becomes a way of escaping the limitations and conventions of everyday life, where the self is playfully re-conceived as part of a larger scheme of things.”

Included in exhibition are Kambalu’s films Runner, 2014; Moses (Burning Bush); 2015, Lincoln, 2015; Lion Negative, 2015; and Lizard, 2015; and others that specifically allude to American histories as they relate to the rest of the world, including Africa.

November 29, 2016 - August 27, 2017
Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection

The work of Anselm Kiefer, one of the world’s most prominent contemporary artists, launches a new exhibition series at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale focusing on post-World War II artists whose work addresses issues of identity and the convergence of history and mythology. Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale from November 29, 2016 – August 27, 2017. Drawn from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections, which together make up one of the world’s largest groups of works by Anselm Kiefer, the exhibition will include approximately 50 major Kiefer artist books, works on paper, paintings, and sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day. This is the first time that the majority of the Kiefer works from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections will be shown together to the public. The exhibition is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, and is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator.

An opening reception with the artist will take place on November 28, from 6 to 8 pm.