New Work: Kerry Tribe premieres an SFMOMA commission by the Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker that offers insight into the work of Standardized Patients—professional actors who portray patients in a simulated clinical environment as part of medical students’ training. The two-channel video installation explores questions of empathy, communication, and performance, and was developed through Tribe’s close collaboration with professional clinicians, communication experts, and Standardized Patients at Stanford University and the University of Southern California. In this, Tribe’s first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum, the artist builds upon her history of engaging individuals from the acting and medical communities and exploring the willing suspension of disbelief.
Generous support for the New Work series is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, SFMOMA’s Contemporaries, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.
Header image: Kerry Tribe, Standardized Patient, 2017 (detail, production still); commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles; © Kerry Tribe; photo: courtesy the artist and 1301 PE, Los Angeles