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ThreeWalls presents JAIME DAVIDOVICH: OUTREACH 1974-1984 || LATHAM ZEARFOSS: YES X 1000

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JAIME DAVIDOVICH: OUTREACH 1974-1984
Curated by Daniel Quiles
01/23/2015 - 03/21/2015
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Artists in this exhibition: Jaime Davidovich, Latham Zearfoss


JAIME DAVIDOVICH: OUTREACH 1974-1984
CURATED BY DANIEL QUILES
01/23/2015 - 03/21/2015

Outreach: 1974-1984 is the first solo exhibition in Chicago of video and television works by the pioneering, overlooked Argentine artist Jaime Davidovich, curated by Daniel Quiles. This show examines the dynamic ten-year period in which Davidovich transitioned from formalist experiments with installation and video to producing public-access cable television programs.

Born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Davidovich first exhibited paintings in 1958 and moved to New York City in 1963, where he developed a mode of post-minimalism based around the application of strips of adhesive tape to gallery walls. In the early 1970s, Davidovich began to use videotape as well, gradually began producing his own videos that methodically reflected on his immediate environment in downtown New York City: his studio and the city block directly outside it. In 1976, he became a founding member of Cable SoHo, one of the earliest initiatives toward artist-made television, and in 1978 became president of the Artists’ Television Network. Between 1979 and 1984 he produced The Live! Show for the Manhattan Cable Television, on which he appeared as his TV personality, Dr. Videovich—a specialist in television addiction. Throughout this period, certain of Davidovich’s projects, among them La patria vacía (Empty Fatherland, 1975) and Evita Then and Now: A Video Scrapbook (1984), reflected on ongoing political problems in Argentina from an expatriate’s perspective.

Three programs of Davidovich’s work will rotate over the course of the six-week exhibition. Each of these will feature work from a range of dates that attests to rapid transformations in the artist’s sensibility and technological possibilities.

PROGRAM

Jan. 23 – Feb. 7
3 Mercer Street, 1975
Outreach: The Changing Role of the Art Museum, 1978
The Live! Show, QUBE Episode, 1982

Feb. 10 – Feb. 28
Walking SoHo, 1975
SoHo Presents Television 1977, 1977
Adventures of the Avant-Garde, 1981

Mar. 3 – Mar. 21
La patria vacía, 1975
The Gap, 1982-83
¡Saludos Amigos!, 1984
Evita Then and Now: A Video Scrapbook, 1984

The exhibition will also include works on paper, archival materials from the artist’s communications with both art and broadcasting institutions and a collaboration with ACRE TV, where works by Davidovich will be incorporated into ACRE TV’s thematic broadcast stream Direct Object/Direct Action and will be installed and broadcast in the gallery during the run of the exhibition.

Daniel Quiles is an Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches courses on the postwar art of the Americas. He received his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010, and is currently completing a book manuscript titled Ghost Messages: Argentine Conceptualism, 1965–72. He is also an art critic who writes for Artforum, Burlington Magazine, among others. He was a 2003–2004 Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and recently received a 2013 Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.Special thank you to Henrique Faria New York.

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LATHAM ZEARFOSS: YES X 1000
01/23/2015 - 03/21/2015

Latham Zearfoss’ immersive sound installation in the Project Room revolves around the consensual, the hopeful, the tentative and tenuous YES, through an echoing reverberation of layered recordings of the repeated word. For Zearfoss, affirmation is ritual. Our digital lives form around the most minute likenesses and passing acknowledgments; a marginal creed of yes-ness permeates our social networks and forms of interactions. But how does the interconnectivity of the isolated potentially re-inscribe that same isolation, by creating platforms of easy approval? Here, the human need to be seen and heard is validated as call – “do you hear me?” – and response – “yes, yes we do.”

1/29: You and Me, Us and We: An Artist’s Ramble by Latham Zearfoss with Abigail Satinsky

3/12: YES REMIXED: an evening of responsive movements and interventions

3/21: INSIDE VOICE: a sound art program curated by Sharmyn Cruz-Rivera and Latham Zearfoss

Latham Zearfoss is an artist and cultural producer living and working in Chicago. His artwork often centers on reclaiming historical, mythological and open-source texts, and revising them to incorporate radical notions of love and sex, possibility and probability. His commitment to art and activism has also manifested in the creation of sporadic, temporary utopias like Pilot TV and Chances Dances. Lathamgraduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. He has exhibited his work internationally and all over the U.S.


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