Go See – 'Notations/Bruce Nauman: Days and Giorni' at Philadelphia Museum of Art through April 4, 2010

March 18th, 2010

Another Nauman piece at PMA, which is exhibiting his audio shows “Days and Giorni” through April 4. Image via Art21.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to one of Bruce Nauman‘s earliest pieces, “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths” (1967), is showing two new audio series by this much beloved contemporary artist. With this new exhibition, he tampers with time: in both “Days” and “Giorni,” multiple voices recorded separately recite the days of the week. “Days” is in English; “Giorni” is in Italian, and was recorded in a single day. Both fill the echoing gallery spaces of PMA until the show’s close on April 4.

Story and related links after the jump…

An image of the artist, via ArtWeLove.

Curated by Carlos Basualdo and Erica Battle, “Notations” plays each track — each time narrative — through a pair of speakers. The speakers are identical in make. Time is told and retold, notated and annotated, to be experienced through the community of voice and/or through the isolated speakings. Or, the hearer chooses which narrative(s) to hear, as presented by the artist.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1941, Bruce Nauman gained his MFA from UC-Davis. He is the recipient of an NEA grant and a Wexner Prize, and has been a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His piece “Topological Gardens,” the United States’s official contribution to the 2009 Venice Biennale, won a Golden Lion. Solo shows include exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; ICA New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and MoMA.

- R. Fogel

Related links:
Philadelphia Museum of Art [Museum page]
Bruce Nauman [Artnet]

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