August 18-December 1, 2002
RIVANE NEUENSCHWANDER
Exhibition
GALLERY 7

   
Scotch tape, insect wings, culinary spices, garlic skins, snail tracks, and coconut water are just some of the materials with which Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (ri-VAH-nee NOO-un-schvan-der) creates unconventional installations that quietly build a conversation about sensory experience. For her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, she explores themes of cartography, language, and consumption through drawings, photographs, and videos that reflect the ephemeral nature of her work, which she describes as "ethereal materialism."
 
 
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Rivane Neuenschwander
STILL FROM LOVE LETTERING
2002 Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

The complexities and shifting extremes of communication and migration in our increasingly global world are a central theme of the exhibition. For Eatable Alphabet (2001), Neuenschwander created a series of Scotch-tape drawings in subtle hues of yellow, purple, green by using an international array of spices--açafrâo, black pepper, colormfico. These simple condiments chart and order her own travels around the world as well as the ways that cultures and languages migrate, mutate, and inform one another at a seemingly chaotic pace in contemporary life. Andando em Circulos (Walking in Circles) (2000) only becomes visible as the circles of clear glue adhered to the floor record the dusty tracks of visitors' movements. For her 14-drawing series Carta Faminta (Starving Letters) (2000), the artist coaxed snails to eat through sheets of paper, leaving delicate topographies in their wake. Love Lettering, a new color video projection, explores the complex intersections of language and emotion. By attaching several fragments of a love letter to the tails of goldfish, unpredictable messages of love, desire, and loss swim in and out of the frame, charting the uncertainty and chance inherent in most human relationships.


NOVEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2 PM

Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

OCTOBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

FREE TOURS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


AUGUST EVENTS


OPENING-DAY DIALOGUE: ANIMAL NATURE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2 PM, FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION, GALLERY 7

It is Neuenschwander's intention that people muse on the relationship between humans and nature as they experience this multisensory installation. She will be joined in conversation by her brother, Sergio Neuenschwander, a neuroscientist and sometime collaborator, and exhibition curator Olukemi Ilesanmi.