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PAST PERFECT/FUTURE TENSE: AUTHENTICITY AND REPLICATION

Thursday, September 17, 2009
12:00 AM
202 S. Thayer St, Ann Arbor, MI
Gallery is Room 1010

Exhibit of new work by Richard Barnes Opening Reception, September 17, 6:30-8 PM Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 5 PM

PAST PERFECT/FUTURE TENSE: AUTHENTICITY AND REPLICATION

Richard Barnes, the Institute for the Humanities’ 2009 Paula and Edwin Sidman Fellow in the Arts, presents innovative new work inspired by the University of Michigan Exhibits Museum’s paleontology and anthropology collections, and the Museum of Zoology’s ornithology collection.

In this unique installation, Barnes considers the nature of things from collection and display to extinction. A prehistoric skeletal whale juxtaposes a mound of rubber molds and resin casts, examining questions of replication and authenticity, what we save and what we lose. Both lyrical and visceral, Barnes’ work engages us in a provocative conversation about museological practice from behind the scenes, capturing the inextricable relationship between human gesture and the inevitability of extinction.

This exhibition will coincide with the UM LSA Theme Semester Meaningful Objects: Museums and the Academy. The Institute's exhibit is part of a three-venue project highlighting different aspects of Barnes’s work in partnership with the UM Museum of Art and, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an exhibit called Artology.

Artist Richard Barnes, the 2009 Paula and Edwin Sidman Fellow in the Arts, talks with Curator Amanda Krugliak about their work together and the meaning of his exhibition PASTPERFECT/FUTURE TENSE at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery.

Watch artist Richard Barnes as he escorts the whale across campus.