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This November 18, 2009, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse will open to the public with the new exhibition: MIRÓ& NOGUCHI: Masters of Surrealist Sculpture 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPY 1909-2009 GEORGE SEGAL: Depression Bread Line SCULPTURE & VIDEO: New Additions to the Collection including Franz West, Sara Barker, Zilvinas Kempinas, Ivan Navarro, Bill Viola, Peter Friedl & Kota Ezawa.

MIRÓ & NOGUCHI: Masters of Surrealist Sculpture This exhibition will present fourteen works of monumental and small scale sculpture by two great masters of 20th century art, Joan Miró and Isamu Noguchi.  “This exhibition gives us an opportunity to juxtapose these two artists in order to trace and link the similarities and diversities in their work,” says curator Katherine Hinds

100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY 1909-2009 This exhibition will present hundreds of vintage and contemporary photographs culled from the Margulies Collection, named by ARTnews magazine as one of the top 25 photography collections in the world.   The exhibition begins at the turn of the 20th century with the work of Lewis Hine who spent the better part of a decade as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee and continues forward to the present, incorporating movements such as Social Documentation, Farm Security Administration, Modernism, Straight Photography, New Topography, Color photography, Conceptual, Fabricated Reality and Landscape Grid. Entire portfolios by profile artists Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Cindy Sherman, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Jeff Brouws, Olafur Eliasson, and Anastasia Khoroshilova will be presented in the exhibition.

GEORGE SEGAL: Depression Bread Line This sculpture is a bronze cast of one George Segal was commissioned by the federal government to create for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C. Segal created the imagery for his sculpture by researching Depression Era images of Walker Evans, Ben Shahn and Dorothea Lange, made under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration. After steeping himself in that imagery, George spoke with a number of people who had actually stood in breadlines and then cast his figures.   His line of ragged men captures the isolation and desperation of hard times, a condition symptomatic of the present day.

SCULPTURE & VIDEO: New Additions to the Collection including Franz West, Sara Barker, Zilvinas Kempinas, Ivan Navarro, Bill Viola, Peter Friedl & Kota Ezawa. In this exhibition new works of sculpture and video by both established and emerging artists are added to the permanent sculpture and video installations at the Warehouse.  Austrian artist Franz West has been producing innovative and evocative sculpture since the nineteen-seventies.  His Wall on Wall Paint, 2003 is a major three part abstract sculpture made of plaster, gauze, printed paper and plastic. Bill Viola’s 16 minute video Tempest (Study for the Raft) is a color high definition video projection with sound that depicts a group of nineteen men and women from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds who are suddenly struck by a massive onslaught of water from a high pressure hose. The action unfolds in extreme slow motion to reveal subtle nuances of light, color, and individual expressions and gestures of the figures.  

About the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a not-for-profit institution in Miami dedicated to the presentation of exhibitions and educational initiatives that explore contemporary art.  Since its inaugural exhibition in 1999, the Warehouse has presented seasonal exhibitions of sculpture, photography, and video and installation art from the renowned collection of Martin Z. Margulies. The Warehouse is operated and funded by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, a thirty year resource for the study and enjoyment of the visual.  The longtime curator of the collection is Katherine Hinds.

THE 2009-2010 EXHIBITION

Joan Miró & Isamu Noguchi: Masters Of Surrealist Sculpture

100 Years of Photograpy 1909-2009:
Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Cindy Sherman, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Jeff Brouws, Olafur Eliasson, Anastasia Khoroshilova

George Segal: Depression Bread Line

Sculpture & Video: New Additions to the Collection including Franz West, Sara Barker, Zilvinas Kempinas, Ivan Navarro, Bill Viola, Peter Friedl & Kota Ezawa.

Kurator: Katherine Hinds