Known for an expansive body of work ranging from photography, installation, video, performance and feature films, American artist Amie Siegel creates constellations of works that layer concerns with cinema, history, and mapping the undercurrents of economic and political cycles in unexpected ways. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including Amie Siegel: Provenance, just recently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as solo and group exhibitions at MoMA/PS1, MAXXI Rome, Hayward Gallery, London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her films have screened at Cannes, Berlin, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, Guggenheim Foundation, a recipient of a 2012 Sundance Institute Film Fund award and the inaugural Forum Expanded Award at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.
Provenance, the culmination of the series at Cornell, “is part of a constellation of works exploring an emblem of mid-century modernism: furniture designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret as part of their utopian conception for the Indian city of Chandigarh. Provenance follows, in reverse, the temporal, geographic, and pecuniary peregrinations of these silent protagonists — from their lavish present-day abodes backwards to their sale at auction, their preparatory primping and cataloguing, the buffing and restoration process, and the cargo-ship passage back to their origins as everyday office furniture — in the process raising probing questions about cultural heritage, commodity fetishism, and the fickleness of the art market.” (Andrea Picard, Toronto Film Festival)
One of Ms. Siegel’s films, Empathy, will screen before her arrival. During her visit on February 26 & 27, Ms. Siegel will introduce and discuss four programs, two of which will be moderated by special guests. Independent/experimental film scholar and author Scott MacDonald will moderate a post-screening discussion following DDR/DDR; and Cornell architecture professor Caroline O’Donnell will moderate a post-screening discussion following The Architects. All of the programs will be offered free of charge with the exception of DDR/DDR. Please note: we recommmend picking up your (FREE) ticket in advance for Provenance from the Willard Straight Hall Resource Center, beginning Mon Feb 9. Resource Center hours are 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday. More at amiesiegel.net