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Catherine Opie

Whitney Museum of American Art
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New York, NY 10014
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NEW YORK, May 20, 2016—From May 24 to June 11, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program presents On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, curated by the ISP’s 2015–2016 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows: Daniella Rose King, Viktor Neumann, Samuele Piazza, and Kari Rittenbach.

The exhibition takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York. The hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm; Saturday, 11 am–6 pm. Admission is free. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, May 24, from 5–8 pm.

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday features works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Francis Alÿs, Hannah Black, Merlin Carpenter, Enrique Chagoya, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claire Fontaine, Harun Farocki, Toril Johannessen, William E. Jones, Barbara Kruger, An-My Lê, William Leavitt, Yolanda López, Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Opie, Claire Pentecost, William Raban, Allan Sekula, Jason Simon, A.L. Steiner, Milica Tomić, and Taocheng Wang.

On Limits considers the many ways in which artists and artworks address contradictions in day-to-day reality, whether in an explicitly political register or in more subtle, even satirical, modes. By examining the ways in which we are estranged from others, the exhibition questions the limits placed on our ability to imagine alternative forms of social organization.

Rather than settle narrowly on a coherent theme or single issue, this experimental exhibition allows particular themes—from social reproduction to queerness or the environment—to be highlighted momentarily in correspondences between artworks that, for example, work with language, or the documentary mode; works that use the form of the advertisement, calling out to the viewer; works that play on presence and absence, or expose techniques of capture or surveillance; works that probe the cultural notion of waste or decay; and still others that survey the body, under siege, at work, on the run, and online.


Reading Seminar with Silvia Federici
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
Friday, May 27
2 pm

Silvia Federici will discuss the recent work of women in indigenous struggles for land, resources, and political recognition, and against corporate and patriarchal forms of domination.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register in advance by contacting

Kevin Jerome Everson: Park Lanes
Whitney Museum of American Art
Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Friday, June 3
10:45 am

Park Lanes (2015; 480 min) transposes the space of cinema to the factory floor, documenting the highly mediated and abstracted movements of its laborers across a full eight-hour day of work, in real time. The title of the film refers to the name of the bowling alley Everson used to frequent in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.

An-My Lê and Jason Simon: Against the Grain
Whitney Museum of American Art
Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Friday, June 3
7:30 pm

This panel invited two artists from On Limits to introduce their photography-based works on view at The Kitchen and to examine the role of the documentary form as a critical or conceptual strategy within contemporary art. A discussion with the ISP curatorial fellows will position these practices in relation to the preceding screening of Kevin Jerome Everson’s Park Lanes. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Tracey Moffatt: Montages
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
Friday, June 10
2 pm and 4 pm

Two screenings of the full series of Moffatt’s Montages will accompany the regular showing of Other (2010; 7 min.) in the exhibition. In the series, Moffatt and her editor, Gary Hillberg, transform Hollywood studio films into stylishly subversive “hymns to cinema.” Created over the course of a decade, the videos include: Lip (1999; 10 min.), Artist (2000; 10 min.), Love (2003; 21 min.), Doomed (2007; 10 min.), Revolution (2008; 14 min.), Mother (2009; 20 min.), and Other (2010; 7 min.).


On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday is a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and The Kitchen. Curatorial Participants of the ISP are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the long standing support of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.

Support for the Independent Study Program is provided by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, The Capital Group Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Whitney Contemporaries through their annual Art Party Benefit.

Endowment support is provided by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.


The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


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Image credit

Catherine Opie, LAPD, 2014. Pigment print, 40 x 53 in. (101.6 x 134.6 cm). Courtesy the artist; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

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