Solo Exhibition, Adad Hannah: Masterpieces in Motion
March 21 to May 30, 2010
Creative Conversation: March 21, 2010
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ridgefield, CT, USA
This first solo U.S. museum exhibition will feature a selection of the artist’s recent videos created in relation to the canon of historical works of art. Several of the videos were shot on location at the Prado Museum in Madrid and use Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (1503–1504), as well as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656), to examine their contemporary settings. The exhibition will also include the artist’s latest work, a reconsideration of Théodore Géricault’s mammoth painting The Raft of the Medusa. Hannah’s work pays homage to the tableau vivant, a popular form of entertainment in the nineteenth century, where live models held a pose for several minutes in order to “stage” a painting. His videos, all tableaux vivants, attempt to freeze moments of interaction with the masterpieces. The tension between the artwork, its display, the mysterious museum viewers, and their almost imperceptible swaying or breathing, is brought into focus by Hannah’s own reframing of the whole situation. The last piece of this intricate mirror game occurs when viewers at The Aldrich become aware that they are unwittingly remaining still while viewing the work.
For more info: The Aldrich Website