press release

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe published the seminal short story “The Man of the Crowd.” In it, he introduced a character that would become one of the central tropes of literary and artistic modernism: the flâneur (stroller), who is the participant-observer of the industrial revolution.

This character takes to the streets, wandering far and wide, gathering clues to the essence of the modern city by observing its physical fabric and its inhabitants and their public activities. Poe’s man of the crowd was the inspiration for Charles Baudelaire’s “The Painter of Modern Life,” the essay that heralded the arrival of the quintessential artist-flâneurs—the French Impressionists.

This exhibition surveys recent multimedia art created by artists who work in the way first described by Poe and codified by Baudelaire. They join street life in order to make art about postmodern cities around the world and the people who inhabit them.

Person of the Crowd is curated by Thom Collins, Director and on view from January 20-April 13, 2008.

This exhibition was made possible in part by a leadership gift from Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger.

Kurator: Thom Collins

Künstler: Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Franz Ackermann, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, Eleanor Antin, Arman , Desmond Beach, Sanford Biggers, Chakaia Booker, Stanley Brouwn, Ingrid Calame, Sophie Calle, Constant , Guy Debord, VALIE EXPORT, Sylvie Fleury, Kendell Geers, Guerrilla Girls , Marie-Ange Guilleminot, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Lynn Hershman, Hi Red Center, Jenny Holzer, Tim Hyde, Allan Kaprow, Kim Sooja, Yves Klein, Charles LaBelle, Moshekwa Langa, Lee Mingwei, Nikki S. Lee, George Maciunas, Larry Mantello, Annette Messager, Donald Moffett, Mariko Mori, OHO , Claes Oldenburg, Jefferson Pinder, Adrian Piper, William Pope L, Robert Rauschenberg, Christy Rupp, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Arthur Simms, Song Dong, Tehching Hsieh, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Ben Vautier, Jacques Villegle, Nari Ward, Gillian Wearing, Krzysztof Wodiczko, David Wojnarowicz, Xu Bing, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Huan, Zhao Liang