The Talent Show

When 12 Dec 2010 - 4 Apr 2011
Where MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
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Peter Campus, Shadow Projection - 1974, Video Installation. Photo: Matthew Septimus. Courtesy of the PS1, New York


On view December 12, 2010 – April 4, 2011

Press Release:

In recent years, television’s reality shows and talent competitions have offered people a conflicted chance at fame, while various kinds of Web-based social media have pioneered new forms of communication that people increasingly use to perform their private lives as public theater. During the same period, governments worldwide have asserted vast new powers of surveillance, placing unwitting “participants” on an entirely different kind of stage.

Against this backdrop, The Talent Showexamines a range of relationships between artists, audiences, and participants that model the competing desires for notoriety and privacy marking our present moment. Ranging from seemingly benevolent partnerships to those that appear to exploit their subjects, many of the works in the exhibition animate the tensions between exhibitionism and voyeurism, and raise challenging ethical questions around issues of authorship, power, and control.

The Talent Show will be on view in the first-floor Main Galleries.

Featured in the exhibition are 18 artists:

Stanley Brouwn
Chris Burden
Sophie Calle
Peter Campus
Graciela Carnevale
Phil Collins
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Tehching Hsieh
David Lamelas
Piero Manzoni
Adrian Piper
Amie Siegel
John Smith
Andy Warhol
Gillian Wearing
Hannah Wilke
Shizuka Yokomizo
Carey Young

The Talent Show is organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and curated by Peter Eleey, Curator of MoMA PS1.

The presentation of the exhibition at MoMA PS1 is made possible by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. The development of the exhibition was made possible by generous support from the David Teiger Foundation and Ann M. Hatch.

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