The Studio Sessions

July 3–September 13, 2009

Taking a behind-the-scenes look at art production, The Studio Sessions explores the theme of the artist in conversation, turning the dialogue about one’s art into the subject of the work itself. Professional situations in which artists introduce their ideas and answer questions — studio visits, artist talks, TV appearances — are usually considered secondary to making or showing work. In these humorous, conceptually driven works, artists adapt or subvert these forms of presentation in order to reflect on their process, engaging in a larger discussion about the roles of promotion and audience reception in art. Performance-based videos by Kevin Atherton, General Idea, Christian Jankowski, Mads Lynnerup, and Joe Sola offer insights about the realities of being an artist.

Jankowski, video still of card dealer in front of green background with text
Kevin Atherton, two images side by side of men in all black in sitting on table
General Idea, video still three men in suits standing in front of table
two women sitting and talking at desk with keyboard
Joe Sola, man jumping out of window of house

Christian Jankowski, Telemistica (still), 1999; courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London; © 2009 Christian Jankowski

Kevin Atherton, In Two Minds Past Version (stills, composite), 1978-2006; courtesy the artist; © 2009 Kevin Atherton

General Idea, Pilot (still), 1977; collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam; © 2009 General Idea

Mads Lynnerup, Presentation (still), 2001; courtesy the artist, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco; © 2009 Mads Lynnerup

Joe Sola, Studio Visit (still), 2005; courtesy the artist and Bespoke Gallery, New York; © 2009 Joe Sola