Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art

May 9, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Garen Gallery

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.

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