Shimon Attie: The View from Below
July 20 - October 21, 2023
Night Watch (Mikaela with Liberty), 20’ wide LED screen on barge, Hudson River
30”X45”/48"X72" Lambda Photograph, Shimon Attie, 2018
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 4:00pm
Artist Talk at 4pm, followed by a reception
THE VIEW FROM BELOW features work from six of Shimon Attie’s major projects from the last twenty-five years. The exhibition presents Attie's large-scale video and photography pieces that explore migration, displacement and, more broadly, the search for home. Created in places where cultures, ethnicities, and identities converge, Attie’s site-specific monumental media installations merge geography, history and memory. Attie’s work focuses on the people whose individual narratives shape the cultural history of a place. The immersive exhibition presents work from projects including The View from Below (2021), Night Watch (2018), The Crossing (2017), The History of Another (2003), Between Dreams and History (1998) and Portraits of Exile (1995).
Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist whose artistic practice includes creating site-specific installations in public places, accompanying fine art photographs, and immersive single- and multiple-channel video and mixed-media installations. Much of Attie’s work explores how a variety of contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place, and identity. In many of his projects, Attie uses a variety of media to animate sites with images of their lost histories or speculative futures. This has included introducing the histories and narratives of marginalized and forgotten communities into the physical landscape of the present. In other works, often using video, Attie directly engages local communities which have been persecuted, displaced and/or traumatized, to find new ways of representing their history and memory, present and potential futures.
Shimon Attie's work has been shown in group and solo exhibitons in museums and galleries around the world, including at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, among many others. Six monographs and several films have been produced on his work. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim, The Rome Prize, Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lee Krasner Award for lifetime artistic achievement. Attie was the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor in Studio Art at Stony Brook University (2020-2022).