Aleksandra Mir

The End

Curated by Eric Shiner
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, February 2009

PRESS RELEASE

7 February - 3 May 2009
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

As the stability of the United States economy continues to erode and as talk of an imminent stock market crash spreads, everyone from the ruling elite to the man in the street worries with ever-increasing frequency about what might happen should this country—and perhaps the world beyond—spiral into full-on economic collapse. As a result, we are immediate witnesses to a time shaded by gloom and doom, and this exhibition will aim to confront these hard-edged realities head-on. In the past weeks, American voters participated in one of the most important presidential elections in modern history. The new president, Barack Obama, will face massive challenges as he endeavors to piece our nation back together.

The artists and works selected for participation in THE END are by nature political in their probing analysis of the problems facing life in our contemporary age. Many extant works made early in the selected artists’ careers will be exhibited, as well as new commissions by select artists that will directly address the theme of the show. In addition, The Warhol’s permanent collection will serve as an invaluable reference point to the themes and ideas presented in THE END. Warhol’s Death and Disasters, Skulls, Jackie, Tuna Fish Disaster and Electric Chair series will be shown in the permanent collection galleries to expose Warhol’s own fixation on and fascination with disaster. Further, tabloid newspapers from Time Capsule #232 will further bolster the over-arching air of paranoia and pessimism that drives the exhibition. As a means of attracting large and diverse audiences to the museum, over 100 works from The Vader Project, will be also exhibited during the exhibition. A film series and lecture series addressing the topic will also be organized, as well as a special exhibition on the work and life of Andy Warhol’s close friend and confidant Brigid Berlin.

Artists: Lida Abdul, Beth Campbell, Luis Camnitzer, Daniel Canogar, Castromori (Hiroshi McDonald Mori + Stefano Castronovo), Davis/Langlois, David Deutsch, Mary Beth Edelson, Karen Finley, Roland Flexner, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lukas Maximilian Hüller, Rashid Johnson, Cary Liebowitz, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonathan Meese, Aleksandra Mir, Trevor Paglen, Hirsch Perlman, Raymond Pettibon, Jane Philbrick, Martha Rosler, Diane Samuels, Shelly Silver, Susanne Slavick, Althea Thauberger, Mitra Trabizian, Banks Violette, Hugh Walton, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, Aaron Young