Selections coincides with Catherine Wagner’s solo exhibition, Archaeology in Reverse, opening September 8th at the Mills College Art Museum. Archaeology in Reverse is an immersive full-scale installation using the space and architectural framework of the museum. Wagner’s photographs often serve as interventions within a chosen space and context, addressing the cultural meanings embedded in accepted social practice and institutions. At MCAM, she works with the architectural firm modem (Nicholas de Monchaux and Kathryn Moll) to reconfigure the space in light and color, isolating elements (some normally unseen) and animating them with site-specific choreography by Molissa Fenley, documented on video by Michael Mersereau. A catalog with an essay by Rudolf Frieling (Curator of Media Arts, SFMOMA) accompanies the exhibition.
Complementing both Selections and Archaeology in Reverse is the artist’s new monograph, Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive, a just-published survey of her work with an interview by fellow photographer Stephen Shore and essay by Shoair Mavlian (Former Assistant Curator of Photography, Tate Modern). Featuring over 200 reproductions of the artist’s photographs dating from the mid-seventies to the present, the new Damiani publication provides an insightful overview of Wagner’s explorative way of working in series, examining institutions and social conventions as constructions — from art museums to science labs, classrooms, the home, and even Disneyland. Copies of Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive are available at the gallery.
Selections will present specific works from Catherine Wagner’s many investigative bodies of work.
CATHERINE WAGNER: Selections
Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 6, 2018
Opening Reception: September 6, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm
Anglim Gilbert Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107