Montclair Art Museum Announces Marina Zurkow Friends, Enemies, and Others

THe Montclair Art Museum presents Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others, on view September 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012.

This is the inaugural exhibition in the Montclair Art Museum’s New Directions series. Curated by Alexandra Schwartz, MAM’s first curator of contemporary art, the exhibition marks the world premiere of Zurkow’s series Friends and Enemies, and will comprise 16 works on paper and five digital animation videos, two of which will be shown on the Museum’s grounds. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Friends and Enemies, comprises a 146-hour-long video, Mesocosm (Northumberland UK), and related prints, which will be shown together in the Marion Mann Roberts Gallery.

Zurkow makes psychological narratives about humans and their relationship to animals, plants, and the weather. These take the form of multichannel videos, customized multiscreen computer pieces, animated cartoons, interactive mobile works, and pop objects. With these works, Zurkow seeks to spur a conversation around the relationship between nativist views toward invasives and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM), along with its Yard School of Art, engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.

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