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ON LOAN : ON DISPLAY
Curated by Nora Salzman

“On Loan” is an examination of how institutional methods of display arrange our understanding of artworks. Modernism describes art as being autonomously in and of itself, for itself. The contemporary art gallery is presupposed to be a neutral space for viewing art in this spirit of Modernism. However, it is pragmatically essential for art to be displayed somehow, someplace, by someone. The inevitable necessity of display, and the resulting influence it exerts on art, marks the limits of Modernism.

The disparate works in a contemporary group show are most commonly tied together conceptually while visually arranged to encourage individual viewing. In contrast, “On Loan” is designed to bind the conceptually distinct works together visually through the use of display, forcing the works to be viewed collectively. The methods of display employed in “On Loan” create material, historical, and conceptual connections between the works, revealing the didactic influence of display.

Featuring works by Meghan Gordon, Elizabeth Hamilton, Jamie Horgan, Anna Johnson, Serena Perrone, Jessica Smith, and Lucia Thome.
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