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"Currents 80: Gary Simmons"
1999-12-10 until 2000-02-27
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO,
USA United States of America
Currents 80: Gary Simmons presents new photographic work from
the artistís Classroom Lecture Series. Shot at Ivy League universities, including
Columbia University in New York, these large-scale color photographs feature images of
traditional collegiate classrooms. Devoid of people, Simmonsí empty architectural spaces
are haunting and ghostly. This installation for The Saint Louis Art Museum is comprised
of unique, mural sized color prints, which are among the largest photographs to be shown
at the Museum to date.
With this photographic series, Simmons continues his fascination with classrooms and
their contents, including seminar rooms, lecture halls and auditoriums inhabited by
distinctive chairs, desks and black boards. This work is consistent with his earlier
Erasure Drawings, comprised of white chalk drawings on slate-painted walls, which
explore the signs and symbols of American culture and pedagogy.
Currents 80: Gary Simmons, curated by Rochelle Steiner, assistant curator of
contemporary art, will be on view in Gallery 337 from December 10 through February
27, 2000. Simmons, who lives and works in New York, has exhibited his work at the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and
the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.
Currents 80: Gary Simmons is part of a series of exhibitions featuring the work of