AO On Site (with video): Doug Aitken ‘Migration’ at 303 Gallery, Saturday, September 20, 2008

September 23rd, 2008


Opening reception for Doug Aitken ‘Migration’ at 303 Gallery photos by Art Observed

Art Observed was on site at the well attended opening reception for Doug Aitken’s new installations at 303 Gallery. His piece called ‘Migration’ is the first exhibition to inhabit the new 303 Gallery space on 21st Street but the opening also took place correspondingly at the gallery’s original 22nd street location. On 22nd street, a series of 30 abstract watercolors greet you when you first enter the brightly lit circular room, and lead you to the back gallery which houses a series of illuminated signs. The large-scale signs are lit up and filled with panoramic photos of our contemporary landscape.

‘Migration’, an audio-visual installation, is played on three large screens spaced throughout the new 21st Street gallery space. In the footage, Doug Aitken takes wild North American migratory animals out of their natural environment and juxtaposes them in roadside hotel and motel rooms, all the while supplementing the footage with a dramatic soundtrack. The guests at the opening reception spread out through the gallery in search of a preferred viewing vantage point; some standing in front of the screen, sitting on the ground, or mingling towards the front of the gallery. The exhibition will continue to be on view at547 W. 21 St through November 1st and 525 W. 22 St through November 8th.

Art Observed Exclusive Videos of the opening:
Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery [Art Observed]

Doug Aitken: Migration [303 Gallery]
303 Gallery current exhibitions [Artslant]
Doug Aitken at 303 Gallery [Supreme Management]
AO On Site: 303 Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Summer Celebration, Wednesday night, July 23 NYC [ArtObserved]

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed


DJ Matt Creed and a friend at the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Doug Aitken has an impressive career with past solo exhibitions at the ARC Musée d’Art Moderne the Serpentine, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunsthaus Bregenz, and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. He has also had his prize-winning work in the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Bienniale. Last year, Aitken’s piece, “Sleepwalkers”, which featured well-known actors and musicians was premiered and shown at the Museum of Modern Art.


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Cecilia Dean from Visionaire at the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery 22nd Street space via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery, 22nd Street space via Art Observed


Outside the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed


Outside the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Designer Dustin Arnorld and Haoyan at the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Carter Smith at the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Artist Caris Reid and Hannah Hoffman at the opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed

Opening reception for Doug Aitken: Migration at 303 Gallery via Art Observed