The American Academy of Rome Gallery
Via Angelo Masina 5
00153 Rome, Italy
May 19 — July 3, 2016
Studio Systems features work by Yuri Ancarani, Richard Barnes (FAAR’06), Anna Betbeze (FAAR’14), Suzanne Bocanegra (FAAR’92), Petra Cortright, Marcel Duchamp, Philip Guston (FAAR’49, RAAR’71), Josephine Halvorson, Dawn Kasper, Bryony Roberts (Booth Family Rome Prize)
Long mythologized as the locus of artistic creation, the studio has undergone a sea change in the past fifty years as artists have reconfigured and diversified the sites of their activity. Conceptual practice since Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades and Andy Warhol’s factory has generated new forms and sites of creative endeavor that often exceed the limits of the studio proper...This exhibition aims to plumb some of the tensions governing contemporary studio practice issuing from these respective trajectories.
At the American Academy in Rome the studio as a purpose-built architectural space remains a vital locus for fertile artistic exploration and production. This exhibition will explore the status and diverse interpretations of the studio in line with current modes of production that are often less dependent on a clearly defined studio environment. What does it mean to work in the studio now, as it increasingly cedes its privileged position as the exclusive laboratory for contemporary artistic practice to more mobile, itinerant, digital and global networks?
The exhibition is curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. With an accompanying catalogue.