Branded and On Display
Exhibition Fact Sheet
Ours is a culture defined by marketing and acquiring. With one of our founding fathers––Thomas Jefferson–a compulsive shopper, this just may be part of being American. Virtually every activity in our lives is experienced through purchases, from bassinets to caskets. The landscape is studded with logos, brand names, and billboards – inducements to participate in a culture defined by the acquisition of commodities. Branded and On Display examines the work of artists who explore specific strategies of branding and presentation in their response to this pervasively commoditized environment. Representing a range of media—sculpture, video, installation, sound, painting, and photography—the work is compelling and provocative, nudging us to “re-view” our culture with an appraising eye.
The exhibiting artists demonstrate how the forms and tactics of branding dominate the psychic and visual environment of our culture. Their work departs from a distinct issue or observation and brings us to a fresh understanding of our experience – how frequently we are scanned each day; how complex perceptions have been collapsed and condensed into simple signs and epithets; how advertising and display strategies shape our thinking.
Artists whose works are included in the exhibition are: Ai Weiwei, Conrad Bakker, Amy Barkow, Ashley Bickerton, Michael Blum, Louis Cameron, Diller + Scofidio, Terence Gower, Laurie Hogin, Pierre Huyghe, Clay Ketter, Ryan McGinness, Amelia Moore, Donna Nield, Haim Steinbach, Tempi & Wolf, Yuken Teruya, Hank Willis Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Siebren Versteeg, and Zhao Bandi.
Judith Hoos Fox was Visiting Curator at Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion after spending 19 years at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and holding curatorial positions at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Harvard University Art Museums. Her recent projects include the group exhibitions OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process and Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator.
Ginger Gregg Duggan is an independent curator and founder of Remote Control Curatorial, LLC. She has held curatorial posts at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. Recent projects include Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth, a major multimedia exhibition on fashion shows as performance art, and OVER + OVER: A Passion for Process. Duggan teaches and writes on contemporary art.