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"The Happiness of Objects: A Group Exhibition"
2007-04-29 until 2007-07-29
Sculpture Center
Long Island City, NY, USA United States of America

SculptureCenter is pleased to present The Happiness of Objects, a group exhibition including work by Fia Backstrom, Philippe Decrauzat, Sylvie Fleury, Jutta Koether, Sol LeWitt, Olivier Mosset, Ward Shelley and J. St. Bernard among others. The Happiness of Objects will be on view April 29 – July 29, 2007. The subject of SculptureCenter’s upcoming show embraces W.J.T. Mitchell’s invitation to consider the possibility that objects have their own desires (What do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images, 2005). While Mitchell focuses on the relationship between the image or object and the viewer, The Happiness of Objects will attempt to capture what objects want from other objects, from the context of their display to potential response to their presence. These terms involve a mixture of formal and subjective concerns such as space, light, proximity, participation and understanding.

In the attempt to crystallize some of the main points of Mitchell’s hypothesis, the exhibition proposes The Object’s Bill of Rights, a non-exhaustive and disputable list. This will serve as criteria for the exhibition, and a working document to be completed and informed by participating artists. It is also a necessary prelude to considering the object as an autonomous subject within a larger society of objects. Here is a sample of these rights and obligations: “An Object has the right to many lovers; An Object has the right to fuse with other objects; An Object has the right to acknowledge its history of production; An Object has the right to be dysfunctional; An Object has the right to be silent; An Object has the right to a new identity”.

Sign or de-sign? That is the question of the object. The Happiness of Objects is organized by SculptureCenter curator Sarina Basta.

SculptureCenter’s programs are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Councilman Eric Gioia; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and The New York State Council on the Arts; as well as The A. Woodner Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Bloomberg; Citibank; The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; The Jerome Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; The Ken and Judith Joy Foundation; The Kraus Family Foundation; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The New York Community Trust; and The Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation.

Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, Queens. This facility, designed by artist/designer Maya Lin, includes 6,000 square feet of interior exhibition space, offices, and outdoor exhibition space.

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