previews

  • Chantal Akerman, From the East, 1993, still from a color film in 35 mm, 107 minutes.

    Chantal Akerman

    MIT List Visual Arts Center
    20 Ames Street E15
    May 2 - July 6

    Miami Art Museum
    101 West Flagler Street
    October 10 - January 25

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    3750 Washington Blvd.
    May 8 - August 2

    Curated by Terrie Sultan

    While her fiction films have become steadily more conventional since the 1980s, Chantal Akerman has continued to employ the minimalist style she developed in her outstanding work of the '60s and '70s in a series of formally rigorous documentaries, beginning with From the East (1993). The film is also the basis of a video installation, From the East: Bordering on Fiction, 1995, which demonstrates that Akerman's unique spatiotemporal sensibility translates well to the gallery. This exhibition, which debuted at Houston's Blaffer Gallery in January, presents a welcome opportunity to see this brilliant installation along with Akerman's three subsequent documentaries and Women of Antwerp in November, 2007. The catalogue contains an essay on each exhibited work. Travels to the Miami Art Museum, Oct. 10, 2008–Jan. 25, 2009; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 8–Aug. 2, 2009.