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Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts

October 21, 2018 – February 25, 2019

MoMA PS1

The exhibition is on view at The Museum of Modern Art, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions, sixth floor October 21, 2018–February 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019.

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective in 25 years devoted to the work of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941), on view at The Museum of Modern Art from October 21, 2018, through February 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 from October 21, 2018, through February 25, 2019. Co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts draws upon the rich holdings of both institutions and nearly 70 lenders. Encompassing Nauman’s full career and featuring a total of 165 works, the exhibition occupies the Museum’s entire sixth floor and the whole of MoMA PS1. This joint presentation will provide an opportunity to experience Nauman’s command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to neon, performance, film and video, and architecturally scaled environments.

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel.

The exhibition is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Laurenz Foundation Curator and Advisor to the Director, The Museum of Modern Art; with Heidi Naef, Chief Curator, and Isabel Friedli, Curator, Schaulager Basel; and Magnus Schaefer, Assistant Curator, and Taylor Walsh, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is made possible by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel.

Leadership support is provided by The Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund.

Major support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and by The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Generous funding is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation, Sully Bonnelly and Robert R. Littman, Ellen and William Taubman, and by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and by LLWW Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund and by The Museum of Modern Art’s Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

 

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Bruce Nauman. Neon Templates of the Left Half of My Body Taken at Ten-Inch Intervals. 1966. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, 70 × 9 × 6″ (177.8 × 22.9 × 15.2 cm). Philip Johnson Glass House Collection, National Trust for Historic Preservation. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Andy Romer Photography, courtesy of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Bruce Nauman. Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists. 1966. Fiberglass and polyester resin, 15 5/8 × 85 1/4 × 2 3/4″ (39.7 × 216.5 × 7 cm). Collection SFMOMA. The Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Collectors’ Forum, Doris and Donald Fisher, Evelyn Haas, Mimi and Peter Haas, Pamela and Richard Kramlich, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meyer, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Helen and Charles Schwab, Norah and Norman Stone, Danielle and Brooks Walker, Jr., and Pat and Bill Wilson. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ben Blackwell

Bruce Nauman. Sheet Lead. 1966. Pencil, 11 × 8 1/2″ (27.9 × 21.6 cm). Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Bruce Nauman. Composite Photo of Two Messes on the Studio Floor. 1967. Gelatin silver print, 40 1/2″ × 10′ 3″ (102.9 × 312.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Bruce Nauman. Light Trap for Henry Moore, No. 1. 1967. Black-and-white photograph, 62 × 41 5/8″ (157.5 × 105.7 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Alex Jamison

Bruce Nauman. My Last Name Exaggerated Fourteen Times Vertically. 1967. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, 63 × 33 × 2″ (160 × 83.8 × 5.1 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander/ Imaging4Art.com

Bruce Nauman. Myself as a Marble Fountain. 1967. Ink with wash, 19 × 24″ (48.3 × 61 cm). Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler

Bruce Nauman. Henry Moore Bound to Fail, Back View. 1967/1970. Cast iron, 26 15/16 × 23 3/16 × 2 3/8″ (68.5 × 59 × 6 cm). Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel

Bruce Nauman. All Thumbs. 1996. Plaster, component A: 10 × 5 1/2 × 4″ (25.4 × 14 × 10.2 cm); component B: 9 1/2 × 4 × 4 1/4″ (24.1 × 10.2 × 10.8 cm). Private collection, courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

Bruce Nauman. Carousel (Stainless Steel Version). 1988. Stainless steel, cast aluminum, polyurethane foam, and electric motor, 72 × 241″ (182.9 × 612.1 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy Courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (photographer unknown)

Bruce Nauman. Contrapposto Studies, i through vii. 2015/16. Seven-channel video (color, sound, continuous duration), dimensions variable. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Jointly owned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired in part through the generosity of Agnes Gund and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; and Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

Bruce Nauman. Corridor Installation (Nicholas Wilder). 1970. Wooden wallboards, water-based paint, three video cameras, scanner, frame, five monitors, video recorder, video player, and videotape (black and white, silent), dimensions variable (11 × 40 × 30 ft. [335.3 × 1,219.2 × 914.4 cm] as installed at Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1970). Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Bruce Nauman. Double Steel Cage Piece. 1974. Steel, 84 11⁄16 × 154 5⁄16 × 204 11⁄16″ (216 × 392 × 520 cm). Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jannes Linders, Rotterdam

Bruce Nauman. Fist in Mouth. 1990. Cut-and-pasted printed paper and paper with watercolor and pencil on paper, 20 1/4 × 23 3/4″ (51.4 × 60.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased with funds given by Edward R. Broida. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: John Wronn

Still from Bruce Nauman. Green Horses. 1988. Video installation (color, 59:40 min.) with two color video monitors, two DVD players, video projector, and chair, dimensions variable. Purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, 2007. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz

Bruce Nauman. Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know. 1983. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frames, 107 1/2 × 107 × 5 3/4″ (273.1 × 271.8 × 14.6 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Bruce Nauman. One Hundred Live and Die. 1984. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing on metal monolith, 118 × 132 1/4 × 21″ (299.7 × 335.9 × 53.3 cm). Collection of Benesse Holdings, Inc./Benesse House Museum, Naoshima. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Dorothy Zeidman, courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York

Bruce Nauman. Pay Attention. 1973. Lithograph, edition of 50; each 38 1/4 × 28 1/4″ (97.2 × 71.8 cm). Collection Robin Wright and Ian Reeves. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Pay Attention, © 1973 Bruce Nauman and Gemini G.E.L.

Bruce Nauman. Setting a Good Corner (Allegory + Metaphor). 1999. Single-channel video (color, sound, 59:30 min., transferred to DVD). Edition of 40. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gift of Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Bruce Nauman. Untitled (Heads). 2005. Pencil on paper, 30 1/8 × 44″ (76.5 × 111.8 cm). Private collection. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jason Mandella

Bruce Nauman. White Anger, Red Danger, Yellow Peril, Black Death. 1984. Steel, aluminum, cast iron, paint, and wire, 62 3/4 × 215 1/8 × 192″ (159.4 × 546.4 × 487.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Bruce Nauman. Untitled (Wall-Floor Positions). c.1965. Performance reenactment in Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts (October 21–February 25) at The Museum of Modern Art (also performed at MoMA PS1).  Performer: Kiyan Williams. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Bruce Nauman. Model for Trench and Four Buried Passages. 1977. Plaster, fiberglass, and wire, 65 × 360″ (diam. outer circle) (165.1 × 914.4 cm [diam. outer circle]); 192″ (487.7 cm) diam. inner circle. Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA PS1, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

Installation view, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 21, 2018–February 25, 2019, at MoMA and MoMA PS1). © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Martin Seck

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