Rachel Harrison Life Hack at the Whitney Museum


Rachel Harrison, Hoarders, 2012. Wood, polystyrene, chicken wire, cement, cardboard, acrylic, metal pail, flat screen monitor, wireless headphones, runway carpet, and Hoarders video (digital video, color, sound; 10:39 min, 2012). 61 x 47 x 45 in. (154.9 x 119.4 x 114.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
Until January 12, 2020

Rachel Harrison’s (b. 1966) first full-scale survey will track the development of her career over the past twenty-five years, incorporating room-size installations, autonomous sculpture, photography, and drawing. Harrison's complex works—in which readymades collude with invented forms—bring together the breadth of art history, the impurities of politics, and the artifacts of pop and celebrity culture. The exhibition will include approximately one hundred works spanning the early 1990s to the present, drawn from private and public collections throughout the world.

This exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, and David Joselit, Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York, with Kelly Long, curatorial assistant.

Whitney Museum, NYC

Until 12 January, 2020

Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). From left to right: Gray or Roan Colt, 2004; Cindy, 2004; Nice Rack, 2006; Valid Like Salad, 2012; 20 × 24” (for CDL), 1999; Untitled, 2012; Brownie, 2005; Hoarders, 2012; Huffy Howler, 2004; Alexander the Great, 2007; Springs, 2017. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). From left to right: Untitled (Poles for a Dangerous Art World), 1992; Four Quartets, 1998; 2 a.m. 2nd Ave., 1996; Oil of Olay, 1997; Jacob’s Arm, 1997; Mind the Gap, 1996. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). From left to right: Voyage of the Beagle, 2007; One Box of Floor Tiles, Crosby St., 1994. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). Should home windows or shutters be required to withstand a direct hit from an eight-foot-long two-by-four shot from a cannon at 34 miles an hour, without creating a hole big enough to let through a three inch sphere?, 1996/2019. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). Front, from left to right: Right Bank, 1993; Hallway Stanchion Set, 2019; Wall, 1994. Back, from left to right: Warren Beatty, 2007; Cindy, 2004; Alexander the Great, 2007. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Installation view of Rachel Harrison Life Hack (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 25, 2019–January 12, 2020). From left to right: Kouros Descends Stairs, 2008; The Separation Of, 2017; Caller ID, 2014; Needle, 2006; Duck’s Legs and Carrots, 2006; Vampire Wannabes, 2010; Al Gore, 2007; All in the Family, 2012; Siren Serenade, 2010; Travis Gregory, 2016; Lazy Hardware, 2012; I’m with Stupid, 2007. Photograph by Ron Amstutz