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"Operation Cote Ouest:"
1999-09-17 until 1999-11-21
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Santa Monica, , USA United States of America

New works by the French artists Pierre Huyghe and Marie-Ange Guilleminot. The exhibition will be held at the Santa Monica Museum from September 17 through November 28, 1999 during Côte Ouest, a state-wide series of exhibitions initiated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AFAA) and the Offices of the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, which will take place at various cultural institutions on the West Coast in the Fall of 1999. The Museum has received support for this exhibition from Etants Donnes (the French-American Endowment for Contemporary Art).

On an invitation from the French government, Curator of Programming Carole Ann Klonarides travelled to Paris and Marseilles in July 1998 to meet with French artists, in particular those whose ideas are realized in the form of installation, media, and performance art - areas of focus for the Museum and historically important for the arts in California. Media artist Pierre Huyghe and Performance artist Marie-Ange Guilleminot, - whose conceptual and performative investigations are quite unique - share certain affinities in the participatory quality of their work. Pierre Huyghe deconstructs the process of cinema and the media while juxtaposing aspects of real life and real time. Huyghes art inhabits the place between what is and what might be, continually emphasizing the impossibility of separating lived experience from the representation of it (Oliver Zahm, ArtForum March 1997). Marie-Ange Guilleminots performance work incorporates the recycling of materials, the transformation of everyday objects and procedures, performance as social intervention and the sharing of the art making process as a way of communicating ideas. Her performance Life Hat, which was presented at the Venice Biennale 1997, publicly evolved from the artists arrival at a busy site within the city, the transformation of a small knitted hat (the Life Hat) into a shroud which completely covered her nude body, and the subsequent transformation of her person into a sculptural object. Another work, Le Paravent, (a brochure describing the work is enclosed), is a good example of a site-specific work where Guilleminot reveals where nature and culture intersect.

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