Vienna

Vienna

Tony Conrad

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1
December 3, 2014–March 1, 2015

Curated by Gareth Long

Tony Conrad’s work has always engaged with regimes of power and the subject’s place within them, whether in the phenomenologically demanding acoustic environments created by the Theatre of Eternal Music or the cognitively scrambling optical impacts of his 1965 stroboscopic film The Flicker. In the early 1980s, Conrad began to make such thematizations of power explicit in pieces like Beholden to Victory, an “army film” that implicates its audiences in the dynamics of surly officers and shiftless, insubordinate privates. Conrad’s sequel, a women-in-prison epic known as the “jail movie” and shot with Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, and others, long remained unfinished, until its installation at New York’s Greene Naftali Gallery in 2013 as WiP, complete with full-size jail cells and enigmatic glass “paintings.” For this exhibition, Conrad will reconfigure his prison project, adding a new series of diagrammatic works on canvas, effectively projecting the disciplinary penal institution through the kunsthalle’s architectural and institutional context.