Berkeley

Stuart Sherman

University Art Museum

A selection of performances by Stuart Sherman, including a sequence of shorter vignettes collectively entitled “The Fourteenth Spectacle” was presented in conjunction with a series of the artist’s videos and films. Sherman uses the term “spectacle” ironically to describe the modest performances he has been staging for fifteen years. Far from being glittery or grandiose, these tableaux are played out with familiar objects on a common TV-tray table. Breaks between segments are marked by the artist hurriedly shuffling his miniature sets off his portable stage and into a battered black valise, from which he pulls objects for the next segment. Sherman calls these stagings “manipulations,” pointing to a distinction between his films and performances. Here the hand of the artist that remains invisible in the films literally takes center stage. The artist’s calculated gestures animate the

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