• Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 12'. From “Super Vision.”

    Jack Goldstein, Untitled, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 12'. From “Super Vision.”

    “Super Vision”

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    December 15–December 31, 2006

    Curated by Nicholas Baume

    Proceeding from the now-accepted premise that vision is historical and constructed, rather than natural, this exhibition explores changing models of optical perception in art since 1964. With nearly forty works from Chantal Akerman, Harun Farocki, Andreas Gursky, and twenty-four other international artists, the show highlights the intersections of vision, representation, and technology within various socio-political fields. Inaugurating the ICA’s eagerly awaited designer building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition considers the psychic effects of and motivations behind the perfection of vision by machines, whose growing capacities to extend the eye’s reach into darkness, distance, and smallness, continue to alter, and will perhaps eventually replace, our very sense of sight.

  • Joseph Cornell

    Peabody Essex Museum
    East India Square 161 Essex Street
    April 28–August 19, 2007

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    October 6, 2007–January 6, 2008

    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    8th and F Streets NW
    November 17, 2006–February 19, 2007

    Curated by Lynda Roscoe Hartigan

    About as close to an outsider artist as an insider can get, Joseph Cornell was a compulsive collector with no formal art training, who toiled in his basement in Queens, New York, transforming his stash—seashells, newspaper clippings, Dutch clay pipes—into uncannily beautiful assemblages. That Cornell merits the appellation “American art master,” as this exhibition proclaims, is beyond dispute. But more in the mold of Robert Rauschenberg or of Henry Darger? Visitors to this retrospective—the artist’s first in twenty-five years—can decide for themselves. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, from the co-organizing Peabody Essex Museum, assembles some two hundred objects, works on paper, documents, and films, promising comprehensive insight into Cornell’s exquisitely eccentric vision. Travels to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Apr. 28–Aug. 19, 2007; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 6, 2007–Jan. 6, 2008.