Group exhibition

'I See You'

Presented by the SCAD Museum of Art, the group exhibition "I See You" considers the human body as terrain that is constantly subject to different forces. Through geographical, economic, political, historical, psychological and social dynamics, the body is pressured — even physically affected — by the weight of abstract structures. 

Tony Oursler, "CV(15)," wood, inkjet print, LCD screens, USB flash drives, sound performed by Jason Scott Henderson and Joanna Smolenski, 106" x 71.5" x 30.5", 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Tony Oursler, "CV(15)," wood, inkjet print, LCD screens, USB flash drives, sound performed by Jason Scott Henderson and Joanna Smolenski, 106" x 71.5" x 30.5", 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

This exhibition explores the ways in which these factors manifest in and around the body, and offers processes of identification, awareness and visibility as possible paths to deflate such urgencies. In presenting a constellation of works that investigate fluctuating identities and vulnerabilities, "I See You" offers a rich reading in regard to the limits and functions of the body.

Featured in the Pamela Elaine Poetter Gallery, the exhibition invites viewers to explore groupings of sculpture, installation, two-dimensional works and a rich selection of film. The exhibition's title emphasizes a reciprocal mode of the gaze, or the active way in which viewers look upon representations of another’s body. In turn, the act of seeing another serves as a participatory action and acknowledges the artist’s subjective perspective.

The exhibition uses contemporary artwork as well as historical pieces from the museum’s permanent collection to explore the impact of social stressors on the human body. This includes selected works from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art by artists of varying backgrounds who operated within and against oppressive social systems. Additionally, contemporary artists both conceal and reveal by utilizing fragmented or imagined bodies in their work. The incomplete body's essence is challenged through impermanence, metamorphosis or allusion of skin through unexpected material. Through their representations of and investigations into the human form, these artists offer reflections of their own identities and those apart from their own.

"I See You" uses the notion of the post-human body, one that is no longer pure, whole or self-contained, but instead is constantly in transit, colonized, dispossessed or even dematerialized. From this perspective, the presented works offer multifaceted renderings of the body related to specific notions of intersectionality.

Artists include:

Colectivo Arrogante Albino
Bas Jan Ader
Reza Aramesh
Andres Bedoya
Elizabeth Catlett
Nick Cave
Robert S. Duncanson
Frances Goodman
Bharti Kher
Charles LeDray
Hannah Levy
Mary Edmonia Lewis
Ana Mendieta
Carlos Motta
Eadweard Muybridge
Bruce Nauman
Tony Oursler
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Paul Sandby
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Cindy Sherman
Matthew Stone
SUPERFLEX
Nick van Woert
Francesca Woodman

Credits

The exhibition is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, head curator of exhibitions, Humberto Moro, curator of exhibitions and Ben Tollefson, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for all museum members, and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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