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Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy - Stasi City

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Louise WilsonORCiD, Professor Jane Wilson



This is the final published version of an exhibition that has been published in its final definitive form by The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2018.

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'Everything is Connected Art and Conspiracy', ‘Stasi City’ 1997Jane and Louise Wilson. The Menschel Hall for Modern Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept 2018- March 2019.We propose installing Stasi City in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue, New York, in the Menschel Hall for Modern Photographs (gallery 851)—a space that has seen many great exhibitions curated by the photography curators at The Metropolitan over the years, including Doug Eckland’s recent Before/On/After: William Wegman and California ConceptualismThe gallery has 19+ foot high ceilings and a 21-ft wide space that can accommodate wide projections for the film. The installation will be open to the public concurrently with the opening of Everything Is Connected (September 18, 2018, is the public opening date), and will be on view longer than the exhibition at Breuer. It will run until March 31, 2019. This special installation will have a separate billing— whilst being related, it will be its own exhibition—although will be reinforced through graphic treatments and text its ties to the exhibition Everything Is Connected and catalogue in which it is discussed over at Breuer.For the last fifty years, artists have explored the hidden operations of power and the symbiotic suspicion between the government and its citizens that haunts Western democracies. Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy will be the first major exhibition to tackle this perennially provocative topic. It will trace the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy.The first half of the exhibition will comprise works by artists who hew strictly to the public record, uncovering hidden webs of deceit—from the shell corporations of a New York slumlord to vast, interconnected networks encompassing politicians, businessmen, and arms dealers. In the second part, other artists will dive headlong into the fever dreams of the disaffected, creating fantastical works that nevertheless uncover uncomfortable truths in an age of information overload and weakened trust in institutions.Featuring seventy works by thirty artists in media ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and installation art, from 1969 to 2016, Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy will present an alternate history of postwar and contemporary art that is also an archaeology of our troubled times.Accompanied by a catalogue.#MetArtandConspiracy

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Wilson LA, Wilson JB

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Number of Pieces: Video Installation

Venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: New York, USA

Media of Output: Video Installation