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jimmie durham - at the center of the world

whitney museum - new york
november 3, 2017 - january 28, 2018
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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

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jimmie durham, installation view of jimmie durham: at the center of the world, hammer museum, new york, 2017.

Durham often combines found objects and natural materials and incorporates text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects, and institutions. Calling himself an "interventionist," Durham is oftentimes critical in his analysis of society but with a distinctive wit that is simultaneously generous and humorous.

 

Durham's expansive practice spans sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, and performance, and the exhibition includes approximately 120 objects dating from 1970 to the present. It is accompanied by a catalogue comprising several scholarly essays, an interview with the artist, a chronology, and a selection of Durham's own writings, both old and new. The first North American retrospective of Durham's work, At the Center of the World traces his remarkable attentiveness to materials and characteristic approach to assemblage while demonstrating his commitment to shedding light on the complexities of historical narratives, notions of authenticity, and the borders and boundaries that try to contain us.

 

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Anne Ellegood, senior curator, with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant. The Whitney’s presentation is organized by Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, and Laura Phipps, assistant curator, Whitney Museum of American Art.

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