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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis announces Fall 2012 exhibitions

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s (CAM) fall 2012 season features the most significant museum exhibition to date of Leslie Hewitt; the first solo presentation of Rosa Barba in an American institution; and the transformation of our lobby by Jonathan Horowitz’s Your Land/My Land: Election ’12 into an informative space reflecting on the forthcoming Presidential election. Complementing these exhibitions are presentations of new work in our Front Room project space by Lauren Adams, Anthony Pearson, and Sreshta Rit Premnath.

Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Magnitude), 2011. Digital chromogenic print, 27 x 35 inches (68.6 x 88.9 cm). Edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun
through December 30, 2012

This exhibition represents the most significant presentation of Leslie Hewitt’s work in an American museum. Her sculpturally constructed photographs address photography’s impact on our experience of the present and our understanding of the past. CAM presents two recent bodies of work, A Series of Projections (2010) and Blue Skies, Warm Sunlight (2011) together and in their entirety for the first time. Hewitt’s exhibition draws on the dynamics of the museum’s space to encourage a uniquely spatial and pictorial experience of her subtle and understated images. Her reconsideration of photography prompts us to pay closer attention to the visual appearance of historical events and occurrences.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Dominic Molon, Chief Curator.

This exhibition is generously supported by Larry and Marilyn Fields and Carmine Boccuzzi and Bernard Lumpkin.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed
September 7–December 30, 2012

Rosa Barba’s installations and sculptures use the basic elements of film—celluloid, projection, light, and sound—to create historical narratives and examinations of geographical locations that heighten our awareness of film’s material properties. Desert—Performed is her first solo exhibition in an American museum, marking the U.S. debut of a series of works focusing on California’s Mojave Desert. In addition to 16mm and 35mm film installations, this presentation also features several of the artist’s kinetic sculptures. Barba’s works are in constant motion, their gestures occurring in the gallery in real time. Desert—Performed demonstrates how her work moves beyond conventional cinematography to stories experienced live and in three dimensions.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator.

This exhibition is generously supported by carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Gió Marconi, Milan; Goethe-Institut Chicago; and the German Culture Center, University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land/My Land: Election ’12
through November 11, 2012

This installation transforms CAM’s lobby space into an interactive experience that meditates on the dynamics of the American electoral process. The lobby is divided equally between red and blue carpeted zones to reflect the American color-coding of its bipartisan political system. Television monitors broadcasting news about the forthcoming Presidential election from networks with different political perspectives run continuously, and portraits of the two candidates will either shift positions or remain static depending on the outcome of the election. Horowitz’s installation is being presented at numerous other venues, offering citizens across America to consider their role as part of the national political process.

Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land/My Land: Election ’12 is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Dominic Molon, Chief Curator.

Other museums concurrently presenting this exhibition include the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas; the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the New Museum, New York; the Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia; and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
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