• The Silent Statue, 1913.

    The Silent Statue, 1913.

    Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne

    January 22–April 13

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    November 3, 2002–January 5, 2003

    Curated by Michael Taylor

    While Renaissance artists frequently depict Ariadne bewailing her abandonment by Theseus on the island of Naxos, Giorgio de Chirico shows the princess fast asleep, just before Bacchus wings in on his chariot to rescue her. She is seen as a life-size antique marble sharply lit in Mediterranean midday sun—the personification of estrangement and melancholy. The eight haunting Ariadne paintings of 1912–13 are brought together for the first time in an exhibition selected by the PMA’s Michael Taylor; they join other versions of the Ariadne myth de Chirico made long after his celebrated Metaphysical period.

  • Gillian Wearing, 2 into 1, 1997, still from a color video. 4 minutes 3 seconds.

    Gillian Wearing, 2 into 1, 1997, still from a color video. 4 minutes 3 seconds.

    Gillian Wearing

    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    October 19, 2002–January 19, 2003

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    September 1–December 14, 2003

    Curated by Dominic Molon

    Gillian Wearing’s best-known image is probably still the photo from 1992–93 of a businessman holding a self-penned sign that says I’M DESPERATE. Her first American retrospective, though, examines what came after—beginning with Sixty Minute Silence, 1996, which shows a group of police officers trying to freeze in a portrait pose as an hour ticks by, and ending with Broad Street, 2001, which documents an evening in a Birmingham nightclub. Wearing’s interest in local human dramas sets her apart from many of her YBA peers; says curator Dominic Molon, “I’m interested in her read of British culture—her work is so focused on Britain—and there’s an alternation of tragic stories and these sweet aspects of human behavior.”