previews

  • Dennis Oppenheim: Land and Body Art from the 1960s and '70s

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    February 28–April 22, 2001

    Back in the late ’60s, the young Dennis Oppenheim said disarmingly, “At the moment I’m quite lackadaisical about the presentation of my work.” Not so, as this show, curated by IMMA Head of Exhibitions Brenda McParland, proves. A rich spread of documents records and contextualizes sixteen early pieces, while key land- and body-art projects such as Landslide, 1968, Saltflat, 1969, Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969, and Parallel Stress, 1970, are detailed via photography, text, and video installation. Also featured are Oppenheim’s “surrogate performers”—the manic, mechanical puppet-stars of Theme for a Major Hit, 1974, and Attempt to Raise Hell, 1974.