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Currents 113: Shimon Attie
Lost in Space (After Huck)
April 1—June 25, 2017
Gallery 210, Main Building
Free




Untitled Video Still from Lost in Space (After Huck), 2017; Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Artist Shimon Attie creates site-specific, multimedia works that shine a light on what has been lost, buried, or forgotten. His installations incorporate a range of new media techniques, including projections, photography, and video, to expose the layers of history that construct our world.

In Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck), Attie draws inspiration from Saint Louis' location on the Mississippi River. He has created an immersive multimedia environment that echoes one of the river's most iconic stories: the journey of Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi on a raft as told in Mark Twain's 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the center of the room, a sculpture of a raft sits surrounded by projections of clusters of light, giving the impression that the raft is floating in a celestial space.

Objects on the raft, a corn-cob pipe, knife, bindle bag, and three sticks secured at the top, evoke a bygone era. A more contemporary police light, glowing red, is also placed on the raft. Overlapping real and imaginary worlds, Attie's installation creates a symbolic space where meanings from the past can be examined alongside important socio-political issues of the present.

Attie is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship, which includes a residency at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and an exhibition in the Currents series, the Museum's long-running program showcasing contemporary art. Attie's video, The Crossing, will be on view concurrently as part of the Museum's New Media Series in Gallery 301.

The 113th installment of Currents is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.


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Lectures

Sites Unseen
Thursday, March 30th, 7 pm
Shimon Attie, Artist
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Room 103
Hosted by the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Art History and Archeology

Artist Talk: Shimon Attie
Friday, March 31st, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
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Shimon Attie creates site-specific, multimedia works that shine a light on what has been lost, buried, or forgotten. In Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck), Attie creates an immersive multimedia environment that draws inspiration from St. Louis’ location on the Mississippi River and the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Attie will discuss this site-specific installation and his artistic practice.

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The 113th installment of Currents is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.