Dream of fame? Don’t we all. Henry Art Gallery’s The Talent Show brings together 20 multimedia works that explore what happens when artists include audience members as participants.
In 1983 Sophie Calle found an unidentified address book on a street in Paris. She returned it to its owner, but not before photocopying the contents. Calle contacted the individuals listed in it, then used the information gleaned from her conversations with them to piece together a portrait of the owner for Address Book. When the results were published in the Paris newspaper Libération, the address book’s owner, documentary filmmaker Pierre Baudry, threatened to sue for invasion of privacy. It’s this discussion of what’s public versus private in a reality TV–saturated world that drives the Henry’s new exhibit.
Wouldn’t mind a little more time in the spotlight? Climb atop Piero Manzoni’s pedestal, Base magica—Scultura vivente (Magic Base—Living Sculpture), or bask in the golden glow of David Lamelas’s Limit of a Projection. Whether you’re after privacy or notoriety, this exhibit promises a little piece of the action. View the slideshow for more images.
Upcoming events: Talent Show curator Peter Eleey (of Walker Art Center) discusses the complicated relationship between artists, audiences, and participants in the Henry Auditorium on May 7 at 2pm. Students and Henry members FREE. General admission $5.
The Henry holds an open house on May 6. Members preview is from 6–8, followed by a party for all from 8–11. Festivities include food, drink, live music by Melanie Valera and her Franco-American pop project Tender Forever, an “intervention” by artist Jason Hirata, green screen dancing in the Student Tech Lounge, and a costume contest judged by The Stranger’s David Schmader. Come dressed as your favorite reality TV star and win prizes. Henry members free. General admission $8–$12.
The Talent Show is on display at Henry Art Gallery May 7–Aug 21.