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Past Exhibition







Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

JANUARY 18–MAY 4, 2008

...works by leading contemporary artists who use archival documents to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss.

Organized by renowned scholar and ICP Adjunct Curator Okwui Enwezor, Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art will present works by leading contemporary artists who use archival documents to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss. Over the past thirty years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to the photographic and filmic archive. The works presented here take many forms, including physical archives arranged by peculiar cataloguing methods, imagined biographies of fictitious persons, collections of found and anonymous photographs, film versions of photographic albums, and photomontages composed of historical photographs. These images have a wide-ranging subject matter yet are linked by the artists' shared meditation on photography and film as the quintessential media of the archive.

Christian Boltanski, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jef Geys, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Craigie Horsfield, Lamia Joreige, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Ilán Lieberman, Glenn Ligon, Robert Morris, Walid Raad, Thomas Ruff, Anri Sala, Fazal Sheikh, Lorna Simpson, Eyal Sivan, Vivan Sundaram, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbona, Andy Warhol.

The exhibition was organized by the International Center of Photography with lead support from the ICP Exhibitions Committee; Robert and Gayle Greenhill, Robert and Meryl Meltzer, Jeffrey A. and Marjorie G. Rosen, and Artur Walther. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding was provided by the British Council, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Fundación/Colección Jumex.