Francis Alÿs: The Moment Where Sculpture Happens is presented in conjunction with the Davis’s recent acquisition of a major triptych by Alÿs entitled Cityscape (1996-97). The exhibition features the Belgian-born artist’s subtle performances and extended documentation of life in the congested colonial center of his adopted home of Mexico City. The multimedia installation, specifically designed for the Freedman Gallery by the artist, in collaboration with Art Department faculty and adjunct curator James Oles, includes 35mm slide projections, video projections, and a light-table with slides and studies on tracing paper, to demonstrate the diverse range of Alÿs’s artistic practice over the past twenty years.
Key images in the show include the video works Paradox of Praxis 1 (1997) and Looking Up (Santo Domingo Square) (2001); and the slide-show Ambulantes (1992-2006). In an adjacent space, Cityscape will be installed together with preparatory drawings donated by the artist. The Davis will also present a documentary that Alÿs produced about his collaborations with traditional sign-painters (rotulistas) in Mexico City, including those involved in the production of Cityscape.
Photo: Paradox of Praxis, Francis Alÿs, still from Paradox of Praxis 1, 1997, video, 5'. Photograph courtesy of the artist / David Zwirner, New York
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