• The Muriel Lake Incident, 1999.

    The Muriel Lake Incident, 1999.

    Janet Cardiff

    Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon
    Cité Internationale 81 quai Charles de Gaulle
    July 19, 2013–September 8, 2002

    MoMA PS1
    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
    October 14–January 31, 2001

    Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is best known for her works in which participants don headphones for what are essentially self-guided tours (cued by the sounds and voices on the CD visitors listen to) of the specific places, often outdoors, for which the works were made. In them, present and past, reality and fiction, mingle, overlap, and sometimes conflict. For her first survey exhibition, the artist and P.S. 1 senior curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev present such pieces away from their original settings. But Cardiff also has more conventional indoor installations to show and a new site-specific work for the occasion.

  • Shirin Neshat, Fervor, 2000.

    Shirin Neshat, Fervor, 2000.

    Shirin Neshat

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    September 6–November 2, 2003

    Miami Art Museum
    101 West Flagler Street
    March 21–June 1, 2003

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    June 15–September 8, 2002

    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
    Place Ville Marie - Niveau Galerie commerciale
    September 29, 2001–January 13, 2002

    Given her high-profile gallery career and participation in omnibus vehicles like the 2000 Whitney Biennial, it’s surprising that Shirin Neshat had, until now, yet to receive a major museum solo. All that has changed as six film installations and sixteen related photographs investigating the intensities of women’s lives in strict Islamic cultures are on view in Montreal. A catalogue with essays by curator Paulette Gagnon, critic Shoja Azari, and filmmaker Atom Egoyan is available.