Marie-Ange Guilleminot and Pierre Huyghe: Côte Ouest

Main Gallery Sep 18–Nov 27, 1999

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Sep 18–Nov 27, 1999





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Pierre Huyghe, Blanche-Neige Lucie, Film S-16/35mm/Sound, 1997

Initiated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the offices of Cultural Services in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, Côte Ouest was a collaborative presentation of contemporary French art, with exhibition sites in many of California’s most prominent museums, universities, alternative spaces, and galleries. For SMMoA, Marie-Ange Guilleminot recreated her site-specific ”intervention,” transformation parlor, where visitors took part in the creation of many tsuru origami (the famous birdlike symbol of the Hiroshima bombing), which were then fashioned into garlands and displayed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in August 2000. SMMoA also presented the first U.S. survey of the work of Pierre Huyghe, whose renowned film and video deconstruct the process of cinema through the juxtaposition of real life and real time, emphasizing the impossibility of separating lived experience from its representation. Concurrently, SMMoA presented videos by young French artists selected by the Centre Georges Pompidou’s New Media curator, Christine Van Assche.