Jenny Perlin (Undergraduate Lecturer & Graduate Critic) in Group Exhibition at Guggenheim, NY, February 11th - May 1st

Jenny Perlin (Undergraduate Lecturer & Graduate Critic) is currently featured in a group exhibition titled "Found in Translation" at the Guggenheim, NY. Her film "Transcript" (16mm, color, sound, 11:25, 2006) is part of the exhibition. "Found in Translation", curated by Nat Trotman, brings together recent works by eleven artists (Paul Chan, Patty Chang, Keren Cytter, Omer Fast, Brendan Fernandes, Sharon Hayes, Steve McQueen, Carlos Motta, Lisa Oppenheim, Jenny Perlin and Sharif Waked) who look to translation as both a model and a metaphor to critically comment on the past and to produce richly imagined possibilities for the present. For these artists, converting a text from one language to another exposes a discursive field in which the terms of identity—class, race, religion, sexuality—are negotiated, and meaning is generated. An apparently straightforward linguistic task therefore becomes a microcosm for the interaction between cultures, laden with power relations but also open to new aesthetic possibilities. Delving equally into history and fantasy, the works on view here investigate diverse political and social contexts; at their hearts, language continues to provide the crucial link between the cultures and temporalities they explore.

Perlin’s practice in 16mm film, video, and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Each aspect of Perlin’s practice looks closely at the ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest elements of daily life. Whether it is copying a receipt from Wal-Mart, a headline from Reuters, unpacking 1950s FBI archives, or filming documentary-style interviews at the corner store, her interest is in the ways in which the sweeping statements of history affect specific details of human experience. Perlin’s works have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kitchen, New York, The Drawing Center, New York, P.S.1, New York, The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas, Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Geneva, Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, De Appel, Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Rotterdam Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Images Film Festival, Toronto, among others.

For more information, visit http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/upcoming/3863

Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 11th - Sunday, May 1st

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY

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