Harold Edgerton, Atomic Bomb ca. 1952 (Joshua Trees), 1952, gelatin silver print, 11 x 14".


“The Quick and the Dead”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
April 25–September 27, 2009

Curated by Peter Eleey

Central to the modernist project has been a methodical questioning of our basic assumptions about the nature of the universe, which this show positions specifically in relation to contemporaneous scientific research on phenomena such as the big bang and black holes. In turn, fundamental existential and metaphysical questions—What is space? What is time?—are reposed by artists and philosophers alike, opening up radically new perspectives on knowledge and experience. Unusual in its historical breadth, with more than eighty works from 1933 to the present, the show is accompanied by an equally expansive catalogue: Diverse contributors include curator Peter Eleey, philosophers Peter Osborne and Ina Blom, and neurologist Olaf Blanke.