Past Exhibitions / Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection

August 3, 2006 - October 1, 2006

August 3 – October 1, 2006

Memorials of Identity featured nine DVD video projections by seven international artists who dealt with issues of identity grounded in a sense of place.  Artists William Kentridge, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Anri Sala, Sigalit Landau, Sven Pahlsson, Artur Zmijewski and Fiona Tan examined the impact of dramatic historical change on cultural or national identity.  The nine works in the exhibition embodied deeply felt personal responses to globalization and its consequences.  Memorials of Identity was co-organized by Luisa Lagos and Mark Coetzee, former curator of The Rubell Family Collection.  Seven of the nine works were shown in 2004 in Memorials of Identity, an exhibition at the Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University that traveled to The Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the College of Art + Design, in Washington, D.C.,the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and the Tampa Museum of Art.

The Rubell Family Collection in Miami is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world and includes a research library with more than 30,000 volumes. Exhibited in a converted 45,000-square-foot former D.E.A. confiscated-goods warehouse, it is a permanent museum of the Rubells’ extensive collection of work dating from the 1960s to the present. The collection began soon after Don and Mera Rubell were married in 1964, and continues to grow.

– Sprawlville (Sven Pahlsson, 2002, 13 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– Facing Forward (Fiona Tan, 1999, 11 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– Intervista (Anri Sala, 1998, 26 minutes, color, mono sound, DVD video projection)
– Ubu Tells the Truth (William Kentridge, 1997, 8 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– History of the Main Complaint (William Kentridge, 1996, 5 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– Felix in Exile (William Kentridge, 1994, 8 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex – For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards (Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, 2001, 13-minute loop, color, sound, DVD video projection)
– Our Songbook (Artur Zmijewski, 2003, 13 minutes, color, sound, DVD projection)
– Barbed Hula (Sigalit Landau, 2001, 1 minute and 48 seconds, color, sound, DVD projection)

TOP: Gallery installation view of Memorials of Identity by Peter Paul Geoffrion.