Curated by James Voorhies and produced by Bureau for Open Culture with Jennifer Allen, Keren Cytter, Tacita Dean, Jessamyn Fiore, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Iman Issa, David Maljković, Ján Mančuška, Gordon Matta-Clark, Josh Tonsfeldt, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, and Maya Schweizer
Made possible with support from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Publication made possible with a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Last Year at Marienbad redux is an exhibition, public program and publication that explores the way fact and fiction merge to form accepted knowledge about people, places, events and politics. Drawing on the use of elliptical conversations in the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais as a point of departure, the exhibition features works of art that utilize various cinematic conventions, such as editing, character development, narrative, mise-en-scène and montage, to reveal how our understanding of reality is often mediated by those very cinematic techniques.
The Marienbad Sessions is a public program that occurs in the exhibition site at the EFA Project Space and an essential component of Last Year at Marienbad redux. Over the course of the exhibition, The Marienbad Sessions presents a series of weekly public events and performances with Jens Hoffmann, Dan Fox, Jessamyn Fiore, James Voorhies and others. This public forum seeks to transform the exhibition space into a learning site that simultaneously intersects visually and conceptually with the works of art—text, sculpture, photography, installation and video.
The Marienbad Papers is a publication produced as part of Last Year at Marienbad redux. It will be a hybrid publication uniting characteristics of an art journal, catalogue essay, film script and art criticism into a singular printed form. It will include a series of commissioned texts and be available at close of exhibition on October 27.
Bureau for Open Culture is an itinerant, non-profit curatorial initiative that receives support from institutions and foundations to make projects in dialogue with artists and writers. It combines curating, education, design, communication and publishing to position the art institution as an overall form of critical practice, uniting art and education into a singular cohesive mode of exhibition making.