January 20, 2003
Ellen Harvey: A Whitney for the Whitney at Phillip Morris
e-flux Whitney Museum of American Art Ellen Harvey, Installation View of A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris, 2003 Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art Ellen Harvey: A Whitney for the Whitney at Phillip Morris at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris 120 Park Ave at 42nd St. New York, NY 10017 http://www.whitney.org Tel. (917) 663-2453 Fax (917) 663-5770 Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art Ellen Harvey: A Whitney for the Whitney at Phillip Morris at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris >From January 23 to April 4, 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris will present Ellen Harvey: A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris, an installation featuring painted copies by Ellen Harvey of the 394 images in the Whitney Museum’s recently published catalog of its permanent collection. The installation also includes the seven most recent acquisitions made by the Whitney Museum – works by Jim Campbell, Luis Gispert, Robert Lazzarini, Paul McCarthy, Hirsch Perlman, Paul Pfeiffer and Jim Shaw. This exhibition is part of Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art, an ongoing series of annual exhibitions that invites emerging contemporary artists to select work from the Whitney Contemporary Collection and to create new work to be shown alongside their choices. This is the second exhibition in the series and was organized by Shamim M. Momim, Branch Director and Curator, Whitney at Philip Morris. A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris creates a hand-made version of the Whitney Museum in miniature. The content is a reflection of the museum’s vision of itself as revealed through its catalog and its recent acquisitions. The viewer walks through a gold frame into a painting of the collection – a 14 foot (4.27m) by 24 foot (7.32m) room made of 4 foot (1.22m) wide by 10 foot (3.05m) high white painted panels onto which the artist has painted freehand copies in oil of all 394 images contained in the American Visionaries: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art catalog. Each copy is twice as large as the catalog reproduction from which it was made and their order reflects the alphabetical ordering of the catalog. Through small rectangular openings in the panels, the viewer can see the seven most recent acquisitions made by the Whitney Museum at the time of the exhibition. These recent acquisitions hang on the walls of the gallery behind the panels and are completely physically inaccessible to the viewer. The pristine hanging of the recent acquisitions forms a marked contrast to the imperfection of the copies and the numerous smudges and drips marring the white surface of the panels. Both the painted copies and the openings are numbered so that the viewer can look up the images and the pieces in a reconstituted edited version of the battered catalog from which the copies were made. Born in Kent, England, Ellen Harvey lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and took part in the PS1 Institute for Contemporary Art’s National Studio Program. She is the current recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Lily Auchincloss Fellowship for painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions as De Chiara Gallery, Stefan Stux Gallery and Alexandre de Folin Gallery in New York and Marella Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions in such venues as Artists Space, New York, NY, the Secession,Vienna, Austria, the Institute of Contemporary Art , Philadelphia, PA, the PS1 Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle,WA, Apex Art, New York, NY and the Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea. Her underground public art project “New York Beautification Project” can be seen at www.NYBeautification.org. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition with Mullerdechiara Gallery in Berlin, Germany, projects for the Sculpture Center, NY and the Princeton Museum and a mosaic for the Queens Plaza Subway Station commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit. Her work is currently also on view in “Moving Faces” at Outline, Amsterdam, NL and in “637 Running Feet: Black & White Wall Drawings by 14 Artists” at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY. Ellen Harvey: A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris is accompanied by a free brochure with an essay by Shamim M. Momin. A free artist talk with Ellen Harvey will take place on Tuesday March 4th at 6:30pm. Free gallery talks are offered every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm. The Whitney Museum at Philip Morris is funded by Philip Morris Companies Inc. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris. Visitor Information Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris is located at 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the Whitney at Philip Morris is free.