Episode No. 211 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and curator Tyler Cann.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is showing “Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama,” the Finnish artist’s first U.S. career survey. It includes eight Ahtilas, including Consolation Service (1999), a short film and installation about a young couple’s divorce, The House (2002), a film installation about a woman who hears voices and how the images they provoke work their way into her experience, The Annunciation (Marian Ilmestys) (2010), about a theater troupe’s preparations for the recreation of the Annunciation, and the first US showing of Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1 (2014), which explores the human experience of ecology. Cathleen Chaffee curated the exhibition. It is on view through January 3, 2016.
In conjunction with the show, the Albright-Knox has published the reader “Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama. Collected Writings, Interviews, and Scripts.” Chaffee also edited the book, which is available from the A-K for $30.
Ahtila has participated in Documenta XI, the 2005 Venice Biennale and the most recent Moscow Biennale. The Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf have all hosted exhibitions of her work.
On the second segment, Tyler Cann discusses “Imperfections by Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954-66.” He co-curated the show with Douglas Dreishpoon. Feeley was an important teacher, a pivot between color field painting and minimalism, and organized or co-organized early exhibitions of Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and David Smith. The exhibition is at the Columbus Museum of Art through January 10, 2016. The exhibition catalogue was published by GILES.
Air date: November 19, 2015.