Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum, Oct 2016 - Feb 2017

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum, Oct 2016 - Feb 2017

"Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art" at the Whitney Museum, New York City, Oct 28, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017

The new show "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City  is a mesmerising exploration of video and immersive  art from 1905-2016. ArtPlay is excited to see such a substantial and compelling survey of video art being presented by the Whitney, a true sign of the times when digital art is increasingly finding its way into major museums, collections and homes.

According to the Whitney, the exhibition is the most technologically complex project mounted in its new building and it embraces a wide range of moving image techniques, from hand-painted film to the latest digital technologies. The works on view use color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction, or heightening the illusion of three dimensions.

Featured are digital works by some of ArtPlay's favorite artists including: Trisha Baga, Ivana Bašić, Frances Bodomo, Dora Budor, Ian Cheng, Bruce Conner, Ben Coonley, Joseph Cornell, Andrea Crespo, François Curlet, Alex Da Corte, Oskar Fischinger, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem and Pierre Joseph, Aidan Koch, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Anthony McCall, Josiah McElheny, Syd Mead, Lorna Mills, Jayson Musson, Melik Ohanian, Philippe Parreno, Jenny Perlin, Mathias Poledna, Edwin S. Porter, Oskar Schlemmer, Hito Steyerl, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stan VanDerBeek, Artie Vierkant, and Jud Yalkut, among others.

If you are in New York City, ArtPlay highly recommends a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art to explore this exhibit!

 

Alex Prager "La Grande Sortie"

Alex Prager "La Grande Sortie"

By: Katherine Herriman

Alex Prager's fascination with cinema directs her practice. Her saturated photographs embrace the nature of the medium through time sensitive choreography. Prager’s crowd shots showcase her talent for staging complex scenarios that culminate in a singular, tell-all-moment—a smile, a stare. The Hollywood act comes naturally to the Los Angeles-based artist.

Prager’s affinity for the theatrical comes through in her latest endeavor, La Grande Sortie, a film which she made for the Paris Opera Ballet. The highly stylized short adopts the play-within-a-play structure. It begins with patrons standing in line for a new ballet, which we learn was made specially for its prima ballerina. The curtain opens and her funny little story begins. Not the artist’s first venture into filmmaking, La Grande Sortie demonstrates Prager’s ability to immerse the audience in her fantasy. The darkly humorous results point to both personal and global matters, pluralism to stage fright. Played out in campy make-up and dramatic cuts, Prager’s narrative builds upon her interest in the contemporary frame of mind and its relationship to entertainment and art.

Runtime: 10 minutes

La Grande Sortie will be on view at Lehman Maupin Gallery, 201 Chrystie Street, NY, NY, 10002, until October 23.

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