Off Broadway

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
January 21–February 28, 2015
SculptureCenter exhibition space
350 Kansas Street, Perry Family Event Center (between 16th & 17th Streets)

Free and open to the public
Opening Reception*: Wed., Jan. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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* Editor's Note: Opening reception listed above is for two exhibitions: Off Broadway and Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys.

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Nairy Baghramian conceived of the exhibition Off Broadway during her time in San Francisco as the Wattis’s Capp Street Project artist in residence.

The show features works by Katarina Burin, Michaela Eichwald, Vincent Fecteau and Diane Simpson, Frieda Grafe, Margaret Harrison, Heinz-Peter Knes, Janette Laverrière, Adam Linder, Shahryar Nashat, Paulina Olowska, Provence, and Danh Vō, among others.

Baghramian’s point of departure is Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, a 1967 musical film by Jacques Demy. In several scenes, Demy uses artworks as props to help build his characters and their relationships to the world. Instead of being independent works of art, the objects perform as stand-ins.

Inspired by this use of visual art as playing a supporting role to other art forms, Baghramian will split a gallery in two with a temporary wall. One side will be a white wall where a single artwork is shown in a traditional manner. On the other side, all of the other works will be installed in platforms, drawers, and shelves.

Each work in the show will at some point appear alone on the white wall for a limited time, then return to storage. Thus, it will exist in two states: available (displayed, ready to be used) and then unavailable (put away, kept from view).

Baghramian has exhibited around the world, including at the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal; the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; MIT List Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; SculptureCenter, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; and Serpentine Gallery, London, among many other venues.

Her work was included in the 2008 and 2014 Berlin Biennales, the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2007 Munster Skulptur Projekte. She is the recipient of the 2014 Arnold-Bode-Preis.


This residency and exhibition are made possible by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, with special thanks to Galerie Daniel Buchholz.