VANITY FOR JEAN SEBERG (1997)

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VANITY FOR JEAN SEBERG (1997)

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Steel, Mirrored Glass, Fluorescent Light, Black Fabric

54 5/8 x 90 x 51 in.

Unique

 

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Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1938.  As an innocent 17 year old, she won the coveted role of Joan of Arc in Otto Preminger's movie version of the Shaw play SAINT JOAN. During her lifetime she would make 33 films.  She married unhappily and divorced; she starred in BREATHLESS, the seminal 1960 Godard film; she tried suicide; her husband, Romain Gary, mocked and humiliated her; she raised money and kept guns for the Black Panthers and was "driven" to suicide in 1979 after years of subsequent FBI investigations.

 

Notes

The series presents a series of make-up vanities that extend their physical presence as sites for the transformation of identity.  Structural modifications of the components utilized by vanities (mirrors, lights, counter,) will juxtapose the private world of the user and their public persona.  They mark the boundary of masquerade, as sites where public faces are applied and removed, often accompanied by sound mixes of desired voices and dialogues with the self.  With their brightly illuminated performative arena, the make-up vanity simulates the theater itself in condensed scale.  The time and space between action and reaction, performer and audience is short-circuited, compressed into a single reflected image on mirrored glass.

 

Recent survey exhibitions and publications focusing on the activities of the artist have included:

Dennis Adams: Transaction curated by Florent Bex, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen

Dennis Adam: Selling History by Peter Doroshenko, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Light Construction curated by Terence Riley, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona

 

Exhibited

Dennis Adams: Vanities  Kent Gallery, New York25 October thru 29 November, 1997

Comfort Zone  Curated by Amy WolfSponsored by the Public Art FundExhibition at

The Paine Webber GalleryApril 15 thru June 25, 1999