The world is her studio. This exhibition is her world.
Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores approximately ten major bodies of work by celebrated Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian including video, photography, sculpture, sound art, and a live performance. Using ingenuity and humor, her work encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a site of discovery and possibility.
Katchadourian’s expansive practice takes place largely outside of her Brooklyn studio. She has made work in libraries, in trees, on airplanes, and in parking lots. She has enlisted help from both far afield and close to home; her collaborators have included sports announcers, zookeepers, museum maintenance staff, ornithologists, musicians, translators at the United Nations, Morse code operators, an accent elimination coach, snakes, spiders, rats, ants, caterpillars, as well as her own parents.
Central to the exhibition is “Seat Assignment,” an extensive ongoing body of photographs and videos Katchadourian makes using her mobile phone. The project began in 2010 on a flight from New York to Atlanta, when she tasked herself with creating art on the plane using only materials readily at hand. More than six years and nearly 200 flights later, working between armrests and under self-imposed constraints, Katchadourian has produced hundreds of photographs, three videos, and several video animations as part of this significant project. Turning the airplane into her studio, she finds inventive ways to reimagine items in her carry-on bag, as well as images from the pages of in-flight magazines tucked into seat-back pockets and the contents of snacks that come down the aisle. She captures the results of these unexpected interventions with her camera phone.
Katchadourian will speak about her work in conversation with Veronica Roberts at the Blanton on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 4 P.M. and will be available to sign copies of the catalogue immediately after the talk.
This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.
Generous support for the exhibition is provided in part by Suzanne Deal Booth, as well as Eric Herschmann, Orly Genger, and family, with additional gifts from George and Nicole Jeffords, the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin, and Chris Mattsson and John McHale. Support also is provided by Nick Debs, Deborah Green, Pamela and David Hornik, Martin Z. Margulies, Karen and Chip Oswalt, and the West Collection, Philadelphia.
The accompanying catalogue is made possible by Nion McEvoy, with additional gifts from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the Leanne Raesener Charitable Fund, and Judith Willcott and Laurence Miller and their families.
Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self–Portrait in the Flemish Style #3, 2011 (“SeatAssignment” project, 2010–ongoing)C–print, 13 5/16 x 10 5/16 in.Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; promised gift of LawrenceBanka and Judith Gordon in honor of Catharine Clark, 2016
Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self–Portrait in the Flemish Style #12 (“SeatAssignment” project, 2010–ongoing)C–print, 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.Collection of Nion McEvoy, San Francisco