• Rachel Hecker, Jesus #1 (Viggo Mortensen/Lord of the Rings), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 34".

    “It Is What It Is. Or Is It?”

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    May 11–July 29, 2012

    Curated by Dean Daderko

    Considering the vast art-historical legacy of Duchamp’s invention of the readymade, it seems wise that Dean Daderko has opted for a protean approach in curating “It is what it is. Or is it?” Daderko’s inaugural project at the museum aims to highlight the diverse artistic formations that have descended from Duchamp’s acerbic dispositif, paying particular attention to the multivalent, global contexts of media, technology, and social histories from which artists are drawing today. Among the contributions from eighteen figures, expect to see Bill Bollinger’s little-remembered late-’60s and early-’70s sculptures presented alongside the con- temporary wares of self-dubbed “readymade artist” Claire Fontaine, Pratchaya Phinthong’s Genpei Akasegawa–esque thousand-baht note, and Rachel Hecker’s messianic paintings of long-haired, bearded celebrities—just to hint at the multifarious items shuffled into this curatorial shell game. Be on the look-out, as well, for the show’s catalogue, containing essays by the curator and Lucy Lippard.