Itinerant Belongings

Sat, Nov 1, 2014    6:00pm 
Sat, Dec 20, 2014    7:00pm

@ Slought 4017 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104 + Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall University Of Pennsylvania 200 S. 36th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Organized by Charlotte Ickes and Iggy Cortez with generous support from the Sachs Programming Fund, Mellon Foundation/Kaja Silverman, Provost's Interdisciplinary Arts Fund, History of Art Department, Fine Arts Department, The Annenberg School for Communication, Cinema Studies, The Penn Humanities Forum, Visual Studies, Center for Africana Studies, Jewish Studies, School of Social Policy and Practice, and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

 Slought, the History of Art and the Fine Arts Department at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce "Itinerant Belongings," an exhibition on display from November 1, 2014 to December 20, 2014. An opening reception will take place on the evening of Saturday, November 1st from 6:30-8:30pm (more information forthcoming).

The exhibition, organized by Charlotte Ickes and Iggy Cortez, examines how artists have engaged with ideas of homeland and belonging that fail to cohere to a unitary sense of time or place. Through film, photography and performance, the artists in this exhibition explore the contours of belonging across different contexts - from the invention of nationalist social rituals to the homecoming of veterans, from the trope of the "haunted" house to that of the family portrait. By bringing together the work of an international group of artists approaching home as a volatile concept, this exhibition examines how fantasies of belonging involve complex psychic and affective responses to specific material and historical conditions informed by race, gender, sexuality and class.

"Itinerant Belongings" grounds this inquiry by revisiting critical debates that bridged activism and art in the 1980s and 1990s. Responding to the presence of the homeless, the displaced, and the disenfranchised in American cities, two of the artists in the exhibition, William Pope.L and Krzysztof Wodiczko, produced projects in this critical moment that questioned the very notion of what it meant for a space to be "public." This exhibition aims to reanimate this dialogue and extend it to a contemporary global landscape marked by mass displacement, armed conflict, and debates around borders and immigration.

Work by Yael Bartana, Jamie Diamond, Andrew Moore, William Pope.L, Jessica Vaughn, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Krzysztof Wodiczko will be on display at Slought and the Addams Gallery at PennDesign, and viewers are encouraged to take an itinerant path from one exhibition site to another.