A lampshade unfurled and dangling from the ceiling, a palimpsest of posters ripped and torn, a map eaten away by rain—spanning half a century, the artworks in this exhibition explore aesthetic engagement with time, movement, and duration. The artists featured in Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art include William Anastasi, Robert Breer, Moyra Davey, Spencer Finch, Man Ray, Rivane Neuenschwander, Dieter Roth, and many others. Divided into three thematic sections—"Actual and Optical Movement," "Process and Performance," and "Arrested Time and Sequence"—the exhibition places several recent acquisitions by the Kemper Art Museum in the context of rarely seen works from the permanent collection, along with select experimental films and works from private and public collections. Drawing connections across decades and among a variety of mediums, the works on display heighten our perceptual experience of the world and the objects in it by destabilizing conceptions of space and the experience of time through distinct and often subtle means.
Moving Parts is curated by Meredith Malone, associate curator.
Support for this exhibition is provided by James M. Kemper, Jr.; the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; the William T. Kemper Foundation; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Robert Breer, Float, 1972. Motorized sculpture: resin, paint, wood, motor, wheels, and battery, 17 7/8 x 36 3/4". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, and with funds from James W. Singer, Jr.; the Frederic Olsen Foundation; Benjamin Weiss; Bernard Drewes in memory of his father, Werner Drewes; Mrs. James W. Singer, Jr.; Constance Wittcoff; Harald Drewes in memory of his parents, Margaret and Werner Drewes; and Morton D. May, by exchange, 2011.
Man Ray, Lampshade (Spiral), from Edition MAT, 1919/1964. Aluminum sheet sprayed white, 5/100, 47 1/4 x 15 3/4" (closed). Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, and with funds from Paul Burlin and Constance Wittcoff, by exchange, 2013. © 2014 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Barbara Probst, Exposure #106: N.Y.C., Broome & Crosby Streets, 04.17.13, 2:29 p.m., 2013. Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper, 12 parts, 29 x 44" each. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Knust, Bonn.
Jeppe Hein, Field of Vision II, 2012. High polished stainless (super mirror) steel, rope, motor, 1/3, 17 3/4 x 34 5/8 x 30". Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.
Erwin Wurm, One Minute Sculpture, 1997. C-print, ed. 5, 17 11/16 x 11 13/16". Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. © Erwin Wurm.
Hans Haacke, Grass Cube, 1967. Installation view, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1968. Acrylic, earth, grass seeds, 30 x 30 x 30". Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.