Program: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9pm -

Bar Laika presents: Amie Siegel, Genealogies

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9pm          Bar Laika by e-flux, 224 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Bar Laika presents: Amie Siegel, Genealogies

Amie Siegel, Genealogies (still), 2016. © Amie Siegel, 2016. Courtesy the artist, Simon Preston Gallery, New York and Thomas Dane Gallery.

Bar Laika is very pleased to present an evening with Amie Siegel, featuring a screening of her video Genealogies and followed by Q&A with the artist.

Genealogies (2016, 27 minutes) suggests the artist's associative thinking by combining novels, films, images, advertising, and soundtrack recordings from multiple sources into a baroque invocation of image and artwork provenance, remake, and copy. Extending from the choreography of Brigitte Bardot, infamously sunning her backside on the Villa Malaparte's roof terrace, Siegel's video traces an acute iconography of economies of architecture and the female body, suggesting how these are visualised in cinema, and harnessed by advertising and media. From Wilhem Jensen's novella Gradiva, to Freud, de Chirico, Rossellini, Curzio Malaparte, Moravia, Resnais, Robbe-Grillet, Godard, Pink Floyd, and the Beastie Boys to images by brands Hugo Boss and Persol, Genealogies maps a broadly layered trajectory of ideas shared and reprised, speculating on homage, influence, and originality and, ultimately, drawing together a genealogical lineage of adaptation, appropriation, and recurrence stripped from hierarchical order.

Born in Chicago, IL in 1974, Amie Siegel lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Genealogies was included in her solo exhibition Backstory at Thomas Dane Gallery, London in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Winter, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Strata, South London Gallery; Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Imitation of Life, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Provenance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. She has participated in group exhibitions including the 2018 Gwangju Biennial; Dhaka Art Summit, at the Berlinische Galerie; CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; Museum of Contemporary Art, Manila; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; MAXXI Museum, Rome; KW Berlin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Swiss Institute, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Hayward Gallery, London.

Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her films have screened at the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, and New York Film Festivals.

Siegel's work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Tate, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.  

For more information, contact laika@e-flux.com.

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