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Down to nature had a late entry. The artist Liam Davis who lives and works in Hawaii and NYC sent us an image of an exquisite corpse that he claims was installed on the 4th of April. We will take him on his word about this. And find it fascinating that he went through so much effort to renegade the renagade show.

The unfairfair was also represented auspiciously in the form of restroom reading material. The catalog from the unfairfair that happened in Rome in the winter of 2008 was left in the mens restroom on the fifth floor. Please look at the unfairfair hereIT Found its way outside of the restroom and back into the womens restroom, where it was last seen. If it turns up in the museum let us know, it is a custom made catalog for, most likely the most precisely curated show of 2008

Group Exhibition Down to Nature, Brendan Carney, Jonathan Hartshorn, Thury Sigurthorsdottir, Scott Lawrence, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, 2008
April 4th, 2008–Ongoing

Mens and Womens Restrooms, fifth floor

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This unprecedented and flexible group show, occurring only in the fifth floor MoMA restrooms, represents a move toward both realism and intimacy in the viewing of artworks in an institutional setting. An aspect of mystery is inherent in the very structure of the show, due to the simple fact that one cannot see all the works without entering both the women's and men's rooms. Works consist of photography, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. The exhibition took place on April 4, 2008, from 6:00 pm to 6:26 pm.

Virtually indistinguishable from the signage of the MoMA itself, Brendan Carney's plaque calls attention to the divergence of real or imagined defilement and the (ideally) sterile appearance of the setting. Within the decorous protocol of the communication lies Carney's personal investment in the work - the phone number is his own.

Scott Lawrence frames the restroom as a site of de- and re- construction through the object of a plaster replica of his own lost wallet. This in itself is curious; how does one replicate something that is lost? The obviously fake wallet memorializes a common instance not only of displacement but of mis-placement.

Jonathan Hartschorn's ten-minute performance temporarily transformed the public space through ritual. Covered with a shower curtain, Hartschorn ceremoniously distributed and redistributed memorial flowers throughout the space, subjecting himself to the various improprieties of the restroom floor. In his concealment and actions he appeared both ominous and playful.

Thury Sigurthorsdottir presents photographs and unexpectedly humanizes the room through their poetics and placement. The photos of black and white animals are surprisingly colorful - emotionally evocative yet formal in their patterns and disjunctive cropping.

Organized by Jonathan Hartshorn and Brendan Carney, Independant Curators.

The exhibition is supported by the Society of Friends in America.

Upcoming related events:

Friday, April 4th, 2008

6:05 p.m.
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Down to Nature - Brendan Carney, Jonathan Hartshorn, Thury Sigurthorsdottir, Scott Lawrence
With Chuck Sillery

Past related events:

Monday March 3rd, 2008

around 12pm
Solo Exhibition | Gallery Talks
Down to Nature Jonathan Hartshorn
With Jonathan Hartshorn


Jonathan Hartshorn<. Evil Becomes Us, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, 2008. , Giclee Print. © Jonathan Hartshorn. Courtesy David Zwirner


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