FOCUS: Gardar Eide Einarsson
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
December 13, 2009 – February 14, 2010
The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum’s Director’s Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.
FOCUS: Gardar Eide Einarsson
The first Director’s Council FOCUS exhibition for the 2009-2010 season will feature the work of Norwegian-born Gardar Eide Einarsson, who often explores the complex relationship between individuals and institutions, and the painful limits of transgressing society-imposed boundaries.
The artist also has an interest in commonly used graphics and signs and how we collectively read and relate to them. Logo, 2008, for example, is an eerie black-and-white representation of the HSBC bank’s logo, conveying a dark and apt take on the banking industry.
Einarsson also has an ongoing fascination with American history, conspiracy and myth, and often focuses on archetypes of authority and outlaws or outsiders in his work. The Branch Davidians and the Unabomber, for example, have both been subjects of investigation. A current work in progress, To Be Titled (the black hand), which will be included in the Modern’s exhibition, characterizes his ongoing exploration into tragic forms of rebellion. It is a short film in which a fictional conversation takes place between Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Einarsson currently lives and works in New York; his work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. FOCUS: Gardar Eide Einarsson marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in an American museum.
Tuesday Evenings at The Modern
Tuesday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Gardar Eide Einarsson
These lectures in the Modern’s auditorium begin at 7 p.m. The Tuesday Evenings series brings artists, scholars, and critics to discuss their work each week at the Modern. Admission is free and open to the public. Free admission tickets can be picked up at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and is limited to the first 250 ticketholders. A live broadcast of the lecture will be shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. The Museum galleries and Café Modern will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays during the series (regular gallery admission charge applies).
The Director’s Council
The Director’s Council was formed in 1985, and assists the Museum with acquisitions through the FOCUS series. This series features three solo exhibitions organized annually by Curator Andrea Karnes. Each exhibition opens with an exclusive cocktail reception for Council members, an opportunity to meet the featured artist and discuss his or her work. One work by each artist is chosen by the Museum to be part of the final selection for the Council’s Purchase Meeting, the climax of the FOCUS season. This format provides members with an in-depth understanding of the Modern’s acquisitions process and offers a spirited and popular series of events. The annual dues, $525, include all the benefits of a Family membership and invitations to exclusive Director’s Council events.