Pratt Manhattan Gallery Explores Concept of Time in Contemporary Art With New Exhibition 0 to 60
Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art, a multi-medium exhibition that explores time in its many iterations—real time, virtual time, historical time, recorded time, manipulated time, and more. The exhibition is on view through January 25, 2013.
Named for the phenomenon in which the average museum visitor spends less than one minute looking at a work of art, the exhibition features artists who use nontraditional media (including robotics and computer software) to encourage viewers to think about time in new and varied ways. The artists hail from New York City (Alison Collins, Dan Estabrook, and Jeff Liao) and across the country.
0 to 60 includes well-known artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, the late Pratt alumnus whose interactive installation "Untitled" (Portrait of Dad) consists of 175 pounds of individually wrapped candies, and rising artists like David Chatt, whose Bedside Table is adorned with thousands of tiny seed beads. The exhibition also includes two installations uniquely tailored to Pratt Manhattan Gallery—Lisa Hoke’s expansive wall mosaic and Alison Collins’s Garden of Pleasure.
Also of note is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Last Breath, which uses a respirator, a digital counter, and other items to capture and circulate a viewer’s breath, inflating and deflating a paper bag 10,000 times a day to mimic the respiratory cycle of a typical adult at rest.
“Modern society is obsessed with time, and we’ve noticed the concept bubbling up in contemporary art,” said Linda Dougherty, who co-curated the exhibition with Jean McLaughlin. “These works reference a longstanding tradition in art—whether it be through historical paintings that tell an unfolding story or through still lifes that capture one fleeting moment,” she added.
In addition to those mentioned above, other artists featured in the exhibition include Dan Bailey, Walead Beshty, Jana Brevick, Paul Chan, Sonya Clark, Caetano de Almeida, Tehching Hsieh, Peter Matthews, and David Shapiro.
Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM; Thursdays, 11 AM–8 PM
Panel Discussion: Thursday, January 23, 6 PM