April 26, 2007 - The Museum of Modern Art, New York - Projects 85: Dan Perjovschi
April 26, 2007

Projects 85: Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi. Detail from the newspaper WHAT HAPPENED TO US? created for Projects 85: Dan Perjovschi, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2007. Copyright 2007 Dan Perjovschi

Projects 85: Dan Perjovschi
WHAT HAPPENED TO US

May 2-August 27, 2007

Exhibition organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography

For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was invited to create a large-scale drawing installation at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, executed over a period of two weeks directly onto the wall of The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. Inspired by current events reported on television and in newspaper and tabloid headlines, Perjovschi explores political topics, including the Middle East conflict and the recent extension of the European Union. Through concise phrases and wordplay, his sketches and skits portray reality with a sense of criticality and pointed humor. The works rhetorical title, WHAT HAPPENED TO US?, offers a textual pun, in which US may refer either to the subjective pronoun us or to the proper noun United States of America.

Perjovschis drawings have been widely disseminatedfrom the walls of museums to the pages of newspapers. Since 1990, following the demise of Communism in Eastern Europe and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the artist has contributed hundreds of witty and incisive observations to literary and political journals, such as Contrapunct and 22. The latter was the first independent oppositional weekly published in Romania in the aftermath of the Democratic Revolution. Taking its name from the date December 22, 1989, the historic day on which Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted from power, 22 is the brainchild of the Group of Social Dialogue, a think tank of dissident writers, artists, and philosophers who endorse freedom of expression and human rights. As an illustrator for 22, and as its former art director, Perjovschi has transformed drawing into a medium of information and political commentary. Expressing complex ideas in rapidly executed, off-the-cuff drawings, Perjovschis installation proposes that art can be engaged without being moralistic.
To read an interview with Dan Perjovschi, please visit the Museums Web site at www.moma.org/projects .

The exhibition is accompanied by a free newspaper created by the artist.

The Projects series is made possible by the Elaine Dannheisser Projects Endowment Fund and by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and the JA Endowment Committee.

Special thanks to the Romanian Cultural Institute, New York

For press inquiries, please contact Kim Donica at 212.708.9752 or kim_donica@moma.org

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