Act like you know me
From September 24 to November 13, 2022
Act like you know me is Pippa Garner’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Europe that offers a necessarily fragmentary glimpse into an incredibly extensive body of work spanning over 50 years. Born in a suburb of Chicago in 1942, artist and author formerly known as Philip Garner pushes against systems of consumption, marketing and waste and has created a dense body of work including drawing, performance, sculpture, video and installation. His uncompromising approach to life and practice has allowed him to interact with the worlds of illustration, editorial, television and art without ever being truly indebted to them.
After serving as a US Army combat artist during the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Garner resumed his studies at the highly regarded transportation design department at ArtCenter, California, with the intention of becoming a stylist. automobile. His circle in the 70s and 80s included Ed Ruscha, Chris Burden and the radical art and design collective Ant Farm. Painter Nancy Reese—both creative collaborator and romantic partner—then introduced Garner to contemporary art institutions and communities, and to the idea that she could identify herself as an artist. Then known and identified as Philip, Garner garnered attention for her performance, design, and video work in galleries and museums, as well as the illustrations and editorials she placed in books and magazines, which followed appearances on talk shows.
In the mid-1980s, Garner began a decade-long feminization process that included hormone replacement therapy and eventually sex reassignment surgery. As an extension of her practice altering mass-produced materials, Garner’s approach to gender transition demonstrated her experimental attitude, transpersonal identity, and way of questioning everyday objects. When Garner started hormone therapy, there was no widespread concept of gender in-betweens. As the author and co-curator of the Kunstverein München exhibition, Fiona Alison Duncan, puts it: “Her work is about the expansion of gender and gender as a commodity, you can personalize your body, inside like outside, as long as you can afford it. do it.
Act like you know me is an investigation of Garner’s wild and expansive photographs that have both the status of stand-alone works and documentation of his practice. Anti-materialist, most of his art objects were reused, recycled or donated and lost, leaving these photographs as the remaining central elements of the work.
The exhibition will travel to the Kunsthalle Zürich where it will be presented from February to May next year.
Bruce Gilbert: The secret of futility
November 18 and 19, 2022
Between is a 24-hour program based on musical practices, which takes place between exhibitions in the gallery spaces of the Kunstverein. The fourth edition of the series is curated by Stanislav Iordanov and Moritz Nebenführ and focuses on artist and musician Bruce Gilbert. Along with a concert and conversation, the event will feature a selection of Gilbert’s musical works for ballet and film, moments from a remarkable career spanning five decades. Throughout the night, live sets by AJ Pain and Vera as well as a performance work by Nikhil Vettukattil will extend the field of action.
On and off grid
until December 2022
A program of presentations and events dedicated to the different forms of publishing, On and off grid is located in the storefront facing the park adjacent to the Kunstverein. The series conceives of ‘editing’ in a broader sense beyond and between conventional media types, and provides a platform for the introduction, examination and (re)negotiation of the materials and processes involved in editing. Recent and forthcoming contributions include those of Tabloid press and Will Holder.
Director: Maurin Dietrich
Conservative: Gloria Hasnay
Assistant Curator: Gina Merz
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