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"Pierre Huyghe: Third Memory"
2003-10-21 until 2003-11-30
University of Virginia Art Museum
In 2002, French artist Pierre Huyghe received the Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial international award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In announcing the honor, Guggenheim director Thomas Krens said, "In Huyghe's remarkable work, which involves film, photography, video, sound, computer animation, sculpture, design and architecture, Huyghe examines the narrative structures of popular culture, investigating the relationships between fiction and reality and memory and history."
The University of Virginia Art Museum presents Huyghe's three-part installation "Third Memory," 1999, which takes as its point of departure a 1972 bank robbery committed by John Woytowicz in Brooklyn; three years later the crime became the subject of Sidney Lumet's film "Dog Day Afternoon," starring Al Pacino. Huyghe tracked down Woytowicz and asked him to retell the story. Using a two-channel video projection, a television interview,and posters, Huyghe builds from a "first memory" of the original crime to a "second memory" with the film's recreation of that crime, to arrive at a "third memory," a rich blurring of the documented and the imagined.
"Third Memory" is presented courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery, which represents the artist. The exhibition, which is made possible with Arts$ and the Arts Enhancement Fund, is co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival and serves as a focal point of its 2003 theme "$."