January 24, 2018 - Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University - Renée Green: Within Living Memory​
January 24, 2018

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University

Renée Green, Americas : Veritas (still), 2018. Digital film. Courtesy of the artist and Free Agent Media.

Renée Green
Within Living Memory​
February 1–April 15, 2018

Opening: February 1, 6–8pm
Public conversation: April 12, 6pm, with Renée Green and Yvonne Rainer

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Renée Green’s (b. 1959) exhibition Within Living Memory is a meditation spurred by inhabiting an architectural icon—Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center—while exploring the historical and institutional legacies of modernism’s other forms, including cinema, visual art, poetry, music, and literature. Within Living Memory brings together interconnected bodies of work produced by Green over the past decade that address conditions of residency and displacement, subjective experience, institutional memory, notions of progress, and the inevitability of decay. The encounters that unfold through films, videos, sound works, photographs, banners, and prints draw linkages between the forms and concepts of seriality, modularity, and refrain. 

Many bodies of work on display will be exhibited for the first time in the Eastern United States, including the debut of of a new essay film, Americas : Veritas (2018) commissioned by the Carpenter Center, inspired by materials found in Harvard libraries and archives. In this new work, Green positions Le Corbusier’s Cambridge-situated Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in dialogue with his Casa Curutchet, located in La Plata, Argentina, as the architect’s only two built structures in the Americas, despite Le Corbusier’s ambition to apply his sweeping urbanistic vision to locations on both continents.

Including Green’s recent essay films ED/HF (2017), Walking in NYL (2016), and Begin Again, Begin Again (2015), Within Living Memory advances new visual and aural linkages between diverse international figures and sites, spanning Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. In other time-based works, Green connects Viennese émigré architect Rudolf M. Schindler, literary luminaries Gertrude Stein, Laura (Riding) Jackson, and Muriel Rukeyser, and polymaths and activists Albert Einstein and Paul Robeson. Within Living Memory also showcases a rare presentation of Green’s installation Secret (1993, 2006, 2010). Secret reflects on the artist’s experience inhabiting a semi-deserted apartment in Le Corbusier’s concrete housing block, Unité d’habitation, located in Firminy, France. 

The exhibition’s public programming includes a conversation with the artist and distinguished avant-garde American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer on April 12, 2018.

An exhibition booklet featuring an essay and descriptive texts by art historian and CCVA scholar-in-residence Gloria Sutton is available at the exhibition. 

Within Living Memory is the final installment of Renée Green: Pacing, the artist’s two-year residency at the Carpenter Center.

Renée Green is an artist, writer, and filmmaker known for her highly layered and formally complex multimedia installations in which ideas, perception, and experience are examined from myriad perspectives. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events her work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented. Green's exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums and art institutions. She is a Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture & Planning.

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