Cloud Illusions I Recall

Opening on Friday at IMMA (New Galleries, Kilmainham), is Cloud Illusions I Recall, a curious sounding group show that uses the relationship between art and cinema as its point of departure. There are a couple of events taking place over the course of the exhibition opening (from 6pm), with a whole range of talks being run in the conjunction with the IFI over the next while. There is also a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, for which I have written a (very) short text on Beckett’s short prose piece ‘Imagination Dead Imagine’. Anyway, the full details are below, or here.

Lady Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens, c.1863–4. Photograph, 61 x 50.8 x 2.3 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Cloud Illusions I Recall explores the fertile relationship between visual art and cinema. The Irish Museum of Modern Art has invited artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Cerith Wyn Evans to exhibit their work and explore concepts of the poetic and imagination that together make up the cinematic experience, thereby investigating the relationships and influence of film.

Through a series of conversations, Gonzalez-Foerster and Wyn Evans explored this influence of the cinematic as a theme for the show, and then expanded the exhibition through selected diverse works from filmmakers, writers and artists. Both artists nuanced selection of installations, video, film, painting, text and events showcases the long-standing legacy of cinema as a source of inspiration for artists since its formation. The exhibition presents a dialogue with cinema that reveals the rich interplay between the two genres.

The exhibition is co-curated by artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Cerith Wyn Evans, and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.

Marcel Broodthaers, James Coleman, Peter Doig, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Lady Clementina Hawarden, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Andrey Tarkovsky and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Private view 21 June at 6pm
6:30pm: Choral Performance of Samuel Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine, created specially for this exhibition by Cerith Wyn Evans, with annotation by Leo Chadburn, performed by Silver Kites.

7pm: Premiere of a unique performance by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

An exclusive edition has been created by artist Peter Doig for the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of Cloud Illusions I Recall, and is available from the Museum shop.

Talks and Lectures
Discussion + Screening: “Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster on Chris Marker”
Saturday 22 June, 1pm, Irish Film Institute, Eustace St, Dublin 2
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Rachael Thomas and others discuss the artist’s interest in the influential work of film essayist Chris Marker, and her choice of films for the Chris Marker Screening Series at the IFI. This is followed by the first screening of Marker’s acclaimed film La Jetée, 1962. This event is in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute.

Lecture and Discussion: ”Cinema as Art Project”
Sunday 7 July, 3pm, the North Range, IMMA
Maeve Connolly (writer and Lecturer, IADT) presents a lecture on the cinematic turn in contemporary art practice theorised through reference to a variety of projects.

Lecture: “Cinema fever in the everyday world”
Wednesday 17 July, 5:30pm,the North Range, IMMA
This talk gives a historical perspective on the infectious status and relationship of the still, moving and cinematic image in everyday culture. Presented by Martin McCabe (Lecturer in Photography, DIT).


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