Role Exchange Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Role Exchange: A Group Show at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 29 - August 3, 2007 
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Role Exchange Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Role Exchange: A Group Show at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 29 - August 3, 2007 
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

Role Exchange Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Role Exchange: A Group Show at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 29 - August 3, 2007 
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

Role Exchange Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Role Exchange: A Group Show at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 29 - August 3, 2007 
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

Press Release

Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Sophie Calle, Samuel Fosso, Robert Gober, Anthony Goicolea, Douglas Gordon, Fergus Greer/Leigh Bowery, Johan Grimonprez, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Michel Journiac, Nikki S. Lee, Kalup Linzy, Urs Lüthi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Yasumasa Morimura, Robert Morris, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, Andy Warhol, Gillian Wearing

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce a group exhibition, Role Exchange, which opens on June 29th. The exhibition brings together works in diverse media that address questions of identity, role-playing and gender. The exhibition continues through August 3rd. The opening will take place on Thursday, June 28th, from 6pm until 8pm.

Alternate personas and role exchange have been consistent themes for artists at least since Marcel Duchamp's adoption of the persona of "Rrose Sélavy" in 1921. However, the point of departure for this exhibition is Marina Abramović's 1975 performance Role Exchange, in which Abramović exchanged roles with an Amsterdam prostitute for a four-hour period. Abramović sat in the prostitute's window and plied her trade whilst the prostitute assumed the role of the artist at her exhibition opening.

The artists in this exhibition address the process through which identity is constructed by exploring different roles and characters. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Adrian Piper, Johan Grimonprez, Robert Gober and Lyle Ashton Harris, to name a few, challenge traditional gender roles while Janine Antoni, Gillian Wearing and Michel Journiac examine the relationships within the nucleus of the family. Duane Michals, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, and Nikki S. Lee further investigate identity by introducing the use of fictional characters. Leigh Bowery (photographed by Fergus Greer) and Lynn Hershman Leeson actually inhabit these fictional characters in real time, blurring the line between the real and the imaginary.

Though disparate in formal resolution, the twenty-seven artists represented in this exhibition share an impulse to transform traditional social roles. They require us to redefine our perceived categorizations of gender and identity, allowing for more nuanced systems of classification and a greater understanding of their abiding interest in role exchange.

Checklist

Gallery I (clockwise from left)

Adrian Piper
The Mythic Being: Sol's Drawing #1-5, 1974
five black and white vintage photographs
framed each: 13 x 15 3/4 inches (33 x 40 cm)
unique
AP-74030.1-5

Robert Morris
Self Portrait, 2007
gelatin silver print
36 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (93.3 x 60.3 cm)
edition of 10 (#1/10)
RMo-379.1

Lynn Hershman Leeson
Roberta's Body Language Chart, 1978
gelatin silver print
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
edition of 5 with 1 AP (#1/5)
LHL-52.1

Urs Lüthi
Self Portrait, 1976
gelatin silver print on canvas
27 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches (70 x 95 cm)
unique
ULu-1

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 1976/2005
black and white photograph
image: 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.4 x 12.7 cm)
paper: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
edition of 20 with 2 APs (# 1/20)
CS-437

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 1976/2005
black and white photograph
image: 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.4 x 12.7 cm)
paper: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
edition of 20 with 2 APs (# 1/20)
CS-442

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 1976/2005
black and white photograph
image: 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.4 x 12.7 cm)
paper: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
edition of 20 with 2 APs (# 1/20)
CS-433

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, 1976/2005
black and white photograph
image: 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.4 x 12.7 cm)
paper: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
edition of 20 with 2 APs (# 1/20)
CS-446

Hallway

Matthew Barney
Delay of game - Manual - B, 1991
gelatin silver print
14 3/4 x 13 inches (37.5 x 33 cm)
edition of 10
MB-2

Douglas Gordon
Monster in the Making, 1995
6 minute color video transferred to DVD
dimensions variable
edition of 11 with 4 AP's (AP1/4)
DG-18.AP1/4

Robert Gober
Untitled (Bride), 1992-96
mixed media
21 x 12 3/4 inches (53.3 x 32.4 cm)
RG-4

Gallery II (clockwise from left)

Laurie Anderson
What You Mean We?, 1986
color video with sound
total running time: 20 minutes 25 seconds
variable dimension
LA-50

Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait in Drag, 1981
polaroid photograph
unframed: 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-03.00074

Robert Mapplethorpe
Self Portrait, 1980
gelatin silver print
image: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (34.9 x 34.9 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
edition of 15 with 3 APs (#13/15)
MAP-411.13

Douglas Gordon
Staying Out and Going Home, 2005
two Polaroid photographs
framed: 8 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (21.6 x 36.8 cm)
DG-25

Nikki S. Lee
Part 14, 2002
C-print mounted to aluminum
48 x 46 inches (121.9 x 116.8 cm)
edition of 2 (#2/2)
NL-1970.2

Samuel Fosso
The Liberated American Woman of The 70's, 1997
C-print mounted on aluminum
framed: 51 x 51 inches (129.5 x 129.5 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 APs (#1/3)
SF-2.1

Yasumasa Morimura
Self-portrait (Actress) / After Marlene Dietrich I, 1996
Ilfochrome / acrylic sheet
framed: 49 x 39 inches (124.5 x 99.1 cm)
edition of 10 (#8/10)
YM-7471.8

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (Amnesia), 1992
gelatin silver print with text panel
photo: 65 3/4 x 38 1/4 inches (167 x 97.2 cm)
text: 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (47 x 47 cm)
edition of 5 French, 5 English
english edition (#1/5)
SC-16.1

Main Gallery (center wall, entrance side)

Marina Abramovic
Role Exchange, 1975; published 1994
2 black and white photograph with 1 letterpress text panel
framed: 29 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches (75.6 x 100.3 cm)
text framed: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (26 x 18.4 cm)
edition of 16 with 3 AP's (#6/16)
MA-2.12.6a,b

(perimeter walls, clockwise from left)

Gillian Wearing
Self Portrait as My Grandmother Nancy Gregory, 2006
framed bromide print
60 x 48 3/8 inches (152.5 x 123 cm)
edition of 6 with 2 APs (#3/6)
GW-00217.3

Johan Grimonprez
Is She a He or a She?, 2007
unframed: 11 1/2 x 18 inches (29.2 x 45.7 cm)
framed: 12 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (31.1 x 43.8 cm)
edition of 10 with 3 APs (#1/10)
JG-3.tbd

Michel Journiac
Hommage á Freud. Constat critique d'une mythologie travestie., 1972
unframed: 13 1/2 x 9 inches (34.3 x 22.9 cm)
framed: 29 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches (74.9 x 72.4 cm)
edition of 99 (#30/99)
MJ-1.30

Duane Michals
The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1982
five gelatin silver prints mounted to board
each framed: 7 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches (18.1 x 23.2 cm)
edition of 25 (exhibition copy)
DM-1.EX

Anthony Goicolea
Class Picture, 1999
black and white photograph
40 x 42 inches (101.6 x 106.7 cm)
edition of 5 with 3 APs (AP2/3)
AGoi-1.AP2

Yinka Shonibare
Dorian Gray, 2001
set of twelve photographs
each framed: 34 x 40 1/2 inches (86.4 x 102.9 cm)
overall framed dimensions: 130 x 175 inches (330.2 x 444.5 cm)
YS-3

Gavin Turk
Bum, 1998
wax mixed with resin and polymer
65 3/4 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (167 x 69.9 x 69.9 cm)
unique
GT-1492

Lyle Ashton Harris
Billie #25, 2002
polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
unique
LH-4088

Kalup Linzy
Lollypop, 2006
DVD, black and white with sound
total running time: 3 minutes 20 seconds
variable dimensions
edition of 5 with 2 APs (exhibition copy)
KLi-1

Leigh Bowery & Fergus Greer
Leigh Bowery: Session 1 / Look 2, November 1988
digital C-print
48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
edition of 6 (#5/6)
FG-0003.5

(center wall, reverse side)

Janine Antoni
Mom and Dad, 1994
three cibachrome photographs
framed each: 28 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches (71.8 x 61.6 cm)
edition of 6 with 4 APs (Artist's Proof)
JA-14132.AP
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