February 6 - March 29, 2015
Jamian Juliano-Villani, born in 1987 in Newark, New Jersey, currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She has a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited in New York at Marlborough Chelsea, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Derek Eller Gallery, and 247365, and in Los Angeles at Night Gallery.
Jamian Juliano Villani, Double Dose, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
Jamian Juliano-Villani, Popping Eyeballs, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD, Acrylic on canvas 20x20 inches
Jamian Juliano-Villani, Barn, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and MOCAD, Acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches
DETROIT CITY funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kayne Foundation and Quicken Loans. Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ragnar Kjartansson: The End
February 6 - March 29, 2015
Ragnar Kjartansson is known for his spectacular, music-filled performative live installations and video work. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture, and literature finds its way into his durational performances, video installations, drawing, and painting. In 2009 Kjartansson traveled to the Rocky Mountains in search of the epic. Filmed in Banff, Alberta, The End is a five-channel video installation synched together as a single, disfigured country music arrangement in the chord of G. Produced with the support of The Banff Centre for the Icelandic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, the piece was developed by Kjartansson in collaboration with Icelandic musician Davíð Þór Jónsson at The Banff Centre in February 2009.
Kjartansson and Þór Jónsson filmed and recorded the song’s instrumental parts in five idyllic and sublime sites around Banff in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting projections were arranged to echo one another, with Kjartansson and Þór Jónsson performing multiple parts of the same song. Using the Rocky Mountains as a stage set to perform the historically romanticized role of the artist in the landscape, Kjartansson questions the cultural narratives that mediate our experiences of nature. All the while the work’s melancholic beauty and intoxicating soundtrack prove overwhelmingly romantic, eliciting a curiosity in the contemporary abyss.
Kjartansson studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He was born in 1976 in Reykjavík, where he still lives and works today.
MOCAD presents The End as the beginning of a partnership with Ragnar Kjartansson. In February of 2016 MOCAD will present a newly commissioned work.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation, and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.