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Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact

Nov 7, 2015 — Apr 10, 2016

The reimagining and recycling of Hollywood iconography in contemporary art, and the way that movies live on in our personal and cultural memories, are explored in the exhibition Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact. Organized by independent curator and scholar Robert M. Rubin, the exhibition includes 120 works by 40 artists that dissect, appropriate, and redefine some of the past century’s most iconic films through photography, drawing, sculpture, print, and video. They are joined by a selection of rare film ephemera re-positioned as artworks ranging from costume designs for Rosemarys Baby to the complete original key book stills from The 39 Steps. With a nod to the “walkers,” or zombies, from the TV series The Walking Dead, the exhibition’s title references the lingering power of film detritus on the imagination of the living.

Artists on view:

Nada Ackel, Francis Alys, Richard Avedon, Fiona Banner, Cindy Bernard, Pierre Bismuth, John Bock, Jim Campbell, Gregory Chatonsky, Gregory Crewdson, Brice Dellsperger, Jeff Desom, John Divola, Mark Flood, Aurelien Froment, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Gondry, Douglas Gordon, Gregor Hildebrandt, Alex Israel, Larry Johnson, Isaac Julien, Martin Kippenberger, Agnieszka Kurant, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Guy Maddin, Mary Ellen Mark, Adam McEwen, Ivan Messac, Kristen Morgin, Yasumasa Morimura, Richard Mosse, Simon Norfolk, Richard Prince, Nicolas Provost, Bernard Rancillac, Tom Sachs, Manuel Saiz, Adam Savage, Hans Schabus, Leanne Shapton, John Stezaker, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Piotr Uklanski, Ming Wong, Mario Ybarra Jr.

Walkers is accompanied by a screening series, presented in the Museum’s Sumner M. Redstone Theater. Select films will be introduced by artists in the show.

A 290-page hard cover catalogue featuring a curatorial essay by Robert M. Rubin is available in the Museum Store.

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