August 29, 6:30 p.m.
Perspectives on Romanian Culture: Then and Now
August 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dan Perjovschi, The Room Drawing, 2006, detail from installation at Tate Modern London.
Lia Perjovschi, Globe Endless Collection, 1990-present. Installation of objects with globe images at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, 2005. Image courtesy of the artist.
The Nasher Museum presents a mid-career retrospective of the work of Romanian artists Dan Perjovschi and Lia Perjovschi. Born in 1961 and educated in the Romanian socialism system, Dan & Lia Perjovschi create work that resides at the nexus of art, society and politics; both artists belong to the first avant-garde movement following the 1989 Romania Revolution. Dan is internationally renowned for large and small scale drawing installations of hundreds of cartoon-like figures that comment on local, national and international cultural and current affairs. He is also the foremost political cartoon satirist in Romania. Lia is well known for her performance and conceptual art. This unprecedented exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos, installations and conceptual art from 1986 to the present, as well as new commissioned works. The show follows a recent installation of Dan Perjovschi’s drawings in the “Projects” section of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Click here to see a live video stream of Dan Perjovschi’s 1993 work Scan at the Nasher Museum. The work includes hundreds of drawings in a grid on three large canvases with a robotic camera that systematically surveys the ground of the huge work, transmitting images to a television monitor and the Internet. By turning captured portraits into observations, Scan provides surveillance of figures similar to those in Dan’s installation Confessional. This work attends to the problem of the ways in which governments, cities, and commercial enterprises increasingly control local, national, and global populations.
Click here to see a video of Dan Perjovschi drawing on the wall at MoMa.
Please click here to view a short documentary on the Perjovschi show at the Nasher Museum.
The exhibition is curated by Kristine Stiles, a professor of modern and contemporary art in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.