Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Bespoke Coat Hanger for Decorated Items, 2011, wood, paper, fabric, paint. Installation view, Indipendenza, Rome, 2016.

New York

“Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine . . .”

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
March 16–August 5

Curated by Kelly Taxter

In 1972, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, sharing a space with Gustav Metzger and Stuart Brisley, laid out an array of tinsel, tourist kitsch, and other tailings of human life lived on the floor, calling the piece Celebration? Real Life Revisited. The work’s title, along with its self—supported lighting scheme—the glow of devotional candles and gelled stage spots refracted by decommissioned disco balls—stands, now, as a prescient nod to the post-Fordist Thatcherism that was to come. Before the 1980s, however, the British artist, who was born in 1947 to a Polish Jewish father and a French Catholic mother, had traded his more public life for a deeper engagement with the domestic sphere, focusing on the affective, memory—storing properties of private interiors (literally: wallpaper, furniture, etc.). This exhibition, opening in March, will be Chaimowicz’s first large-scale US solo show. Expect numerous installations from 1978 through the present, as well as works created expressly for this occasion, with many exploring the (now certainly no less fraught) public/private divide.