Storylines


All in the Family, 2012, by Rachel Harrison, © Rachel Harrison; photo courtesy of Greene Naftali Gallery

Exhibition, Guggenheim, New York, USA, until 9 September
Bringing together over one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, Storylines examines the diverse ways in which artists today engage narrative through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance. For these artists, storytelling does not necessarily require plots, characters, or settings. Rather, narrative potential lies in everyday objects and materials, and their embedded cultural associations. In projects created through extensive research, acts of appropriation, or performance, these artists uncover layers of meaning, turning to individual experience as a way of conveying shared stories, whether real or fictional. Engaging the rich historical relationship between literature and art, the resulting polyphony signals the diverse interpretive potential that lies within each object on display.