Shadowland: An Exhibition as a Film

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
April 17–September 11

Curated by Douglas Fogle and Philippe Vergne

“Shadowland” aims to show how still and moving images have affected artmaking and viewing over the past thirty years—a tall curatorial order, to which Vergne and Fogle take an open-ended approach. Their concept of the exhibition as a “movie without a camera” makes the viewer a flaneur-protagonist, ambling among forty-three works by some thirty contributors, including cinematic mavericks (Chantal Akerman), Picture Theory progenitors (Richard Prince), agitators at video’s spatiotemporal limits (Doug Aitken), and just plain agitators (the Chapman brothers). Whether or not clear propositions emerge, the show should demonstrate that spectators themselves are the ultimate machines of the visible.