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Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers
October 23, 2016–March 05, 2017
Posted on June 21, 2016
MoMA PS1 presents the first comprehensive survey of the pioneering British artist Mark Leckey in the United States, and the largest exhibition of his work to date. Since coming to prominence in the late 1990s, his dynamic and varied practice has helped give form to the transition from analog to digital culture, and powerfully influenced younger generations of artists. Occupying two floors of MoMA PS1, the exhibition will bring together major bodies of Leckey’s art, including a broad array of video works and sculptural installations alongside new pieces made specifically for the exhibition. Among the highlights will be Leckey’s breakthrough film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which uses sampled footage to trace dance subcultures in British nightclubs from the 1970s to 1990s; a selection of the artist’s Sound System sculptures (2001-2012), functioning stacks of audio speakers that recall those used in street music parties in London; his pedagogical lecture performances; GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (2010), a video and installation that consider “smart” objects and our increasingly technological environment; a significant installation UniAddDumThs(2014), which Leckey created as a “copy” of a touring exhibition, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, that he had curated the year before; and an expanded presentation of works relating to his recent autobiographical film Dream English Kid 1964–1999 AD (2015).
Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers is co-organized by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA PS1; and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.
Mark Leckey (b. 1964, United Kingdom) was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2015); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2013); Banff Centre, Banff, Canada (2012); and the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, (2011). He has participated in the Carnegie International (2013), the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), and the 8th Gwangju Biennial (2010). Leckey lives and works in London.
The exhibition is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Major support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and the Maurice Marciano Family Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.