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Amie Siegel: Provenance

Amie Siegel, Provenance (Still)

Amie Siegel, Provenance (Still), 2013, HD video, color, sound, 40 minutes, 30 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Simon Preston, New York

Media Gallery
August 16–December 7, 2014

Amie Siegel’s Provenance traces in reverse the global trade in furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. Conceived in the 1950s by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh’s controversial modernist architecture includes original pieces of furniture created specifically for the building’s interiors. Recently these pieces have appeared at auction houses around the world, commanding record prices. Starting with Chandigarh furniture in the present, the film begins in New York apartments, London townhouses, Belgian villas, and Paris salons of avid collectors. From there, it moves backward to the furniture’s sale at auction, preview exhibitions, and photography for auction catalogues, to restoration, cargo shipping containers, and Indian ports—ending finally in Chandigarh, a city in a state of entropy.  

On October 19, 2013, Siegel auctioned Provenance at Christie’s in London, turning the film into another object at auction, inseparable from the market it depicts. Lot 248, a second film, captures the auction of Provenance, becoming a mirror of the first, repeating and completing the circuit of design and art that define speculative markets.

In much of her practice, as in Provenance, Siegel explores the psychological complexities of the act of spectatorship. “The kind of films that I make…solicit an active engagement but also provoke a certain amount of discomfort derived from the act of looking. …In Provenance there is a layered sense of complicity—we are tasked with figuring out where we are, what these objects are, and how they are connected. …The project makes demands on the viewers’ complicity on multiple levels—and on my own complicity as an artist, as with the auctioning of the work itself.”[1] 

Amie Siegel was born in 1974 in Chicago. Her work has been presented internationally at MoMA/PS1, Walker Art Center, Hayward Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, KW Berlin, ICA Boston, and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Screenings include Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, and the Harvard Film Archive, among many other museums and cinematheques. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The Film Study Center at Harvard University, as well as a recipient of the ICA Bostonʼs Foster Prize and, most recently, a Sundance Institute Film Fund award for Provenance

 

Kathleen Forde
Adjunct Curator of Media Art

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, and Institute for the Humanities.

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

UMMA After Hours

Friday, October 10 
7pm–10pm

The University of Michigan Museum of Art invites you to join us for an evening of art, music, and exploration. Drop in during this free community event to discover the permanent collections galleries and new special exhibitions including a remarkable collection of photographic portraits of artists by artists such as Ansel Adams, Arnold Newman, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; a playful installation by Japanese art collaborative Paramodel; a visually striking and thought-provoking film by Amie Siegal that traces in reverse the global trade in modernist furniture; and the last in a series of three consecutive exhibitions featuring Michigan architects. Enjoy live music by Dave Sharp’s Secret 7, who masterfully blends rhythms, sounds, and textures of jazz and world music from around the globe. This performance of “World Jazz” music will feature Dan Bennet and Tim Haldeman on saxophones, Dave Sharp on upright and electric bass, Igor Houwat on oud, Elden Kelly on guitar, cümbü, and Glissentar, and Alina Mor on keyboards. Curators’ conversations and light refreshments round out the event.

UMMA After Hours is generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments. 

 

UMMA Dialogue: Uncommon Odysseys

Friday, October 17, 2014
5:30–7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome multimedia artist Amie Siegel and UMMA’s Adjunct Media Arts Curator Kathleen Forde for an exploration of Siegel’s Provenance (August 16 – December 7, 2014) and their shared interest in uncommon odysseys. Siegel’s 40-minute video takes us on a cinematic adventure where the protagonist – a chair designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret - journeys around the world and across time to offer a fresh take on the global trade of commodities and the ever changing nature of monetary value in the art world.

Amie Siegel was born in 1974 in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally at MoMA/PS1, Walker Art Center, Hayward Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, KW Berlin, ICA Boston, and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Screenings include Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, and the Harvard Film Archive, among many other museums and cinematheques. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The Film Study Center at Harvard University, as well as a recipient of the ICA Boston's Foster Prize and, most recently, a Sundance Institute Film Fund award for Provenance.

Kathleen Forde is a curator based in NYC and Istanbul and is UMMA’s new Adjunct Media Arts Curator. She also curated the inaugural season of the New Media Gallery in 2012-13. Forde is the Artistic Director at Large for Borusan Contemporary, a collection-based space for media arts exhibitions, commissions and public programming in Istanbul. As Curator of Time-Based Visual Arts at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Forde commissioned and/or produced a broad range of new work by artists that included The Wooster Group, Laurie Anderson, Japanther, Brent Green, Jem Cohen, Ben Rubin, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy and The Light Surgeons and curated exhibitions such asDancing on the Ceiling: Art and Zero Gravity. She earned her MA in Post-1945 Art and Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London and BA in Communications and Art History from the Loyola College of Maryland.
 

Second and third image from top: Amie Siegel, Provenance (Still), 2013, HD video, color, sound, 40'30", Courtesy of the artist and Simon Preston, New York

[1] Lynn Hershman Leeson, “Amie Siegel,” Bomb 126 (Winter 2014). http://bombmagazine.org/article/7458/amie-siegel.