press release

Much of contemporary photography and video seems haunted by the past, by ghostly apparitions that are reanimated in reproductive media, as well as in live performance and the virtual world. By using dated, passé, or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies, this art embodies a melancholic longing for an otherwise irrecuperable past. Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance examines myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media while documenting a widespread contemporary obsession, both collective and individual, with accessing the past. The works included in the exhibition range from individual photographs and photographic series, to sculptures and paintings that incorporate photographic elements, and to videos, both on monitors and projected, as well as film, performance, and site-specific installations. Drawn primarily from the Guggenheim Museum collection, Haunted will feature recent acquisitions, many of which will be exhibited by the museum for the first time. Included in the show will be work by such artists as Marina Abramović, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sophie Calle, Gregory Crewdson, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Zoe Leonard, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, and Andy Warhol. A significant part of the exhibition will be dedicated to work created since 2001 by younger artists. This exhibition is curated by Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator.

This exhibition is made possible by the International Director’s Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Additional support is provided by a grant from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The Guggenheim Museum gratefully acknowledges the Leadership Committee for Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance.

Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance
Kuratoren: Jennifer Blessing, Nat Trotman

Künstler (New York): Bernd und Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Sarah Charlesworth, Luis Jacob, Matt Keegan, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Slater Bradley, Rachel Harrison, Adam Helms, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Cady Noland, Walid Ra´ad, The Atlas Group, Rosangela Renno, Martha Rosler, Tseng Kwong Chi, Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Lia Halloran, Anthony Hernandez, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, An-My Le, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Robert Smithson, Zhang Huan, Lisa Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Clemente Bernad, Walead Beshty, James Casebere, Thomas Demand, Spencer Finch, Carlos Garaicoa, Ori Gersht, Roni Horn, Idris Khan, Sally Mann, Hiroshi Sugimoto Anne Collier, Gregory Crewdson, Anna Gaskell, Karl Haendel, Tracey Moffatt, Diego Perrone, Aida Ruilova, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parreno, Tacita Dean