Image 1 / 9: Guy Ben-Ner. Moby Dick.
Image 2 / 9: Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation. The Rape of the Sabine Women.
Image 3 / 9: Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation. The Rape of the Sabine Women.
Image 4 / 9: Catherine Sullivan. Triangle of Need.
Image 5 / 9: Catherine Sullivan. Triangle of Need.
Image 6 / 9: Guy Ben-Ner. Wild Boy.
Image 7 / 9: Arturo Herrera. Les Noces.
Image 8 / 9: Arturo Herrera. Les Noces.
Image 9 / 9: Adaptation. (installation view).
Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation
This stunning exhibition is the first to examine the use of adaptation in recent video art. Adaptation explores the questions of fidelity and creativity that arise when this practice, common to commercial film, television and other forms of pop culture, appears in contemporary art. The four leading artists gathered here—Arturo Herrera, Guy Ben-Ner, Catherine Sullivan, and Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation—draw from a range of source material, from classic literature to e-mail, to create their one-of-a-kind visions.
Guy Ben-Ner’s Moby Dick and Wild Boy were shot entirely in the artist’s small home. Mixing slapstick comedy and a humane sensibility, Ben-Ner’s works cleverly exploit the conventions of narrative film and serve as witty reflections on the hidden frustrations, pleasures, and constant negotiation of individual identity within a family.
For his first video installation Arturo Herrera digitally reworked Igor Stravinsky’s 1923 ballet Les Noces. Herrera’s adaptation features his abstracted black-and-white drawings projected onto multiple screens animated in direct relationship to the notes of the modernist musical composition.
Catherine Sullivan’s Triangle of Need provocatively combines Neanderthals, e-mail scams, and figure skating in scenes set in lush and mysterious environments. At once visually seductive and conceptually disorienting, this complex work conveys difficult and abstract ideas about evolution, human behavior, and social inequality.
Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation’s mesmerizing The Rape of the Sabine Women draws from neo-classical paintings depicting the mythological beginning of ancient Rome. The film develops out of this imagery focusing on the subtle interaction between the male and female characters with evocative cinematography and a magnificent score by composer Jonathan Bepler.
Adaptation Screening Times
EVE SUSSMAN & THE RUFUS CORPORATION: RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN
Tuesday – Sunday at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm Additional screenings on Thursday at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm
CATHERINE SULLIVAN: TRIANGLE OF NEED
Tuesday–Sunday at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM Additional screenings on Thursday at 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Adaptation originated at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, January 31 – May 4, 2008. Subsequent venues include the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, November 22, 2008 – March 22, 2009; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, May 15 – August 16, 2009; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 17, 2010 – January 9, 2011.