The Center's 2017 Creatives in Residence
Matthew Day Jackson, Camille Obering, and Andy Kincaid
Location: The Center Park & Greater Jackson Hole
On exhibit throughout the summer of 2017
The Center's 2017 Creatives in Residence, Matthew Day Jackson, Camille Obering and Andy Kincaid, present Observatories an exhibition of sculpture, video and performance art activating The Center and greater Jackson Hole throughout summer 2017. Using the eclipse as a metaphor, the team aims to illuminate aspects of Jackson Hole as representative as "the last of the old west". The constituent forms and images which create the illusion of the "West" often obfuscate that which they purport to represent. Observatories will offer viewers new ways of interpreting the past and present from which to consider the future of this community and its context.
Artist Talk with Anna Tsouhlarakis
Tuesday, July 11th 6-7pm
The Center Conference Room
Stagecoach by Paul McCarthy
Free & Open to the Public
August 19-20 & 22-23
6:30PM - 8:50PM
The Stagecoach installation includes a video component, which contextualizes the display by providing a backdrop of sound and images - bringing its form from the past to the present. Fluctuating from the beautiful and poetic to extreme violence, the film talks about the surface and the artifice that support contemporary ideas of the American west.
The film is the documentation of a public performance in Los Angeles and contains intermittent scenes of explicit, graphic violence. Parental discretion is strongly advised.
Meet Observatories Artists and TEDxJacksonHole Speakers
Tuesday, August 22nd 5-7pm
The Center Park, Amphitheater & Lobby
Food. Drink. Music. Art. Conversation.
Artist Talk with James Luna
Free & Open to Public
Wednesday, August 23
The Center Park
Performance of Space Rider by Ati Maier
Thursday, August 24th 7PM
Teton County Fairgrounds
Ati Maier will present a performance work called Space Rider in which she, on horseback as the actor, outlines the path of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in the dirt of the rodeo arena. A surreal interpretation and reconsideration of the intersection between the celestial and the human, this performance allows easy access to considerations of the individual within a universe or universal context.
Arturo Bandini: Los Angeles based artists Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff are the team behind Arturo Bandini, their curatorial project and gallery. For Oberservatories, Arturo Bandini will transform into a doomsday clock, measuring the movement of bodies -- both celestial and corporeal -- on their inexorable paths.
Sarah Braman: Currently living and working between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts, Braman makes failed monuments to love, death, sex, nature, injustice and driving. These monuments often take the form of transient structures, such as truck canopies, campers or shipping containers.
Glenn Kaino: Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Kaino’s conceptual practice is based in illusion and mystical gesture, the optics of which yield a depth inhabitable by possibility and visceral confusion.
Liz Magic Laser: Brooklyn, New York video and performance artist Liz Magic Laser produces work that is socially critical and has a way of poking holes in the modes and complacencies of our information intake.
James Luna: Based in southern California, Luna is a Payómkawichum (Luiseño) and Mexican-American performance artist, photographer and multimedia installation artist. His work is best known for challenging the ways in which conventional museum exhibitions' depict Native Americans with recurring themes of multiculturalism, alcoholism, and colonialism.
Ati Maier: Reigning from Brooklyn, NY, Ati Maier presents the character of the “Space Rider”, an orb-helmeted humanoid mounted on a horse in similar headgear, her star ship. Along with painting, drawing and film, “Space Rider” has since become a permanent component in Maier’s work: a kind of second self, who travels between the worlds of her private and artistic existences.
Paul McCarthy & Damon McCarthy: For over 40 years, Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy has been one of the most innovative and uncompromising forces in Contemporary Art. McCarthy’s work investigates the role of patriarchy in American culture finding its genesis in subjects such as contemporary politics, Disney or the archetypical Western film.
Shana Moulton: Moulton is based where she grew up, on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park, in relative similitude to our location in Jackson Hole. She explores contemporary anxieties and banality through her filmic alter ego, Cynthia.
Eduardo Navarro: Argentinian artist Eduardo Navarro approaches each project like a case study, wherein he determines to become or create something new. Navarro repeatedly submerges himself within new non-artistic disciplines—be they scientific, legal, or spiritual—consequently rejecting the distance between himself and his object of study.
Anna Tsouhlarakis: Washington DC artist Anna Tsouhlarakis’ work questions the role of the contemporary native artist and the limitations of the gallery setting. Tsouhlarakis’ work searches and reveals less trodden paths in which Native art has travelled towards a reclamation of Native identity.
Erin Roy: Observatories | Sept 14 2017 Radio interview with Ati Maier | KHOL 89.1 | Aug 31 2017 "Relive the Great American Eclipse With Art That’s Out of This World" | Smithsonian Magazine | Ben Panko | Aug 27 2017 PERADAM CAPITAL: OBSERVATORIES | WeTransfer | Aug 25 2017 "Total Eclipse of the Art: Matthew Day Jackson Organized a Celestial-Themed Exhibition in Wyoming" | Artnet news | Caroline Goldstein | Aug 21 2017 Radio Interview: Observatories - 2017 Center Creatives in Residence | KHOL 89.1 | August 21 2017 Jackson Hole Prepares for Total Eclipse of the Sun With Interactive Art Show | New York Observer
Aug 18 2017
Why Are Paul McCarthy and Shana Moulton Building an Observatory in the Middle of Wyoming? | Artspace | Aug 18 2017 Radio interview with Observatories' artist Shana Moulton | KHOL 89.1 Radio interview with Observatories' Artist James Luna | KHOL 89.1 "Performance, reception end ‘Observatories’ exhibit" | Jackson Hole News & Guide | August 17 2017 "Edges of Her" explores eclipses, Native identity | Jackson Hole News & Guide | Lenore Grave | July 11 2017 'Observatories' Center installs creation on the eve of an eclipse | Jackson Hole News & Guide | Isa Jones | Aug 9 2017 MULTIMEDIA: Observatories art installation | Jackson Hole News & Guide | Bradly J. Boner | August 7 2017 Radio interview with Observatories' artist Glenn Kaino | KHOL 89.1 Radio interview with Observatories' artist Sarah Braman | KHOL 89.1 | Jul 24 2017 Radio interview with Observatories' artist Anna Tsouhlarakis | KHOL 89.1 | Jul 10 2017 Radio interview with Observatories' Arturo Bandini 'Apocolypto' | KHOL 89.1 Summer brings six can’t-miss shows to valley | Jackson Hole News & Guide | Isa Jones | May 31 2017