A Collection of Slow Events

A Collection of Slow Events highlights the ways in which time and movement are embedded within things that appear static, still, or fixed.

Simone Forti, Onion Walk (1963). Installation view from objects are slow events, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 3 - 24, 2016.

A Collection of Slow Events
Curated by Alexis Wilkinson
Participating artists include Christopher Cole, Leslie Cuyjet, Simone Forti, Jonah Groeneboer, Katherine Hubbard, Megan Pahmier, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed

A Collection of Slow Events draws attention to the microscopic movements, subtle vibrations, and permutations in form within artworks across mediums, emphasizing the ways that our perception of things and things themselves change, blur, and recompose with time in order to reorient our assumptions that seeing is knowing.

The artworks included contain a range of rhythms: from the cyclical to the corporeal, the organic, and the geologic. Through these nearly imperceptible markers of change, the exhibition reconsiders stillness as a highly charged register of movement as opposed to an absence of motion. As such, many of the works can be thought of as a durational performance – often performing even when no one is looking – while others are produced through temporally driven processes. As a whole, the exhibition itself can be understood as a prolonged event that operates within the very registers of moving and seeing offered by the works included, inviting the viewer to observe in motion and engage with different scales of time – from extended encounters to multiple visits – positioning the artwork as a participatory force within an active and reciprocal encounter.

The Luminary's exhibitions are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and our members.

Image: Simone Forti, Onion Walk (1963). Installation view from objects are slow events, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 3 - 24, 2016.