Jeffery Kastner

  • Francis Alÿs

    Over the course of his two-decade career, Belgian-born Francis Alÿs has developed a nuanced poetics of labor, largely via low-key, wryly resonant activities.

    Over the course of his two-decade career, Belgian-born Francis Alÿs has developed a nuanced poetics of labor, largely via low-key, wryly resonant activities: pushing a huge block of ice through his adopted hometown of Mexico City until the cube has completely melted (Paradox of Praxis, 1997); directing five hundred volunteers armed with shovels to shift a great mass of sand four inches (When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002). This major mid-career exhibition will include the multifarious documentation Alÿs produced for these and some thirty other performative

  • Jimmie Durham

    For the past fifteen years, Jimmie Durham has been throwing stones.

    For the past fifteen years, Jimmie Durham has been throwing stones. And while his physical targets have ranged from shopwindows, TV sets, and refrigerators to boats, automobiles, and airplanes, what he’s really been aiming at are the complex questions around cultural identity, the relation of violence to political power, and the latent poetry and meaning that wait to be extracted (sometimes forcibly) from superficially banal objects. The act is a simple, resonant, often disarmingly funny one, and it fits Durham’s larger conceptual program perfectly. One hopes his show