Jeremy Deller: Joy in People
September 19 through December 30, 2012
OPENING NIGHT EVENTS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012:
5PM EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH WITH CURATOR RALPH RUGOFF, ICA MEMBERS AND DONORS ONLY
6:30PM ARTIST TALK BY JEREMY DELLER, FREE FOR ALL
7:30-10PM PARTY, FREE FOR ALL
Jeremy Deller, Joy in People banner (made by Ed Hall). Photographed in London, November 9, 2011, by Linda Nylind.
This exhibition represents a continuation of Deller's engagement with the United States, which began when he met Andy Warhol in London in 1986. When Warhol suggested that he come to New York, the twenty-year-old Deller jumped on a plane to hang out at the Factory, where he had a revelation about how to proceed as an artist: "you can create your own world, which is what [Warhol] did. It was definitely a moment of clarity. I thought I would try to get by on my wits creatively, whatever that meant." Deller has made repeated visits to America, which he calls "a massively fertile place...I love making work here." Commissioned by Creative Time and the New Museum, he visited Philadelphia in 2009 as part of the cross-country project, It Is What It Is, in which—together with an Iraqi citizen, a U.S. soldier, and the remains of a car destroyed by a bomb in Baghdad—he toured the country.
Curator Ralph Rugoff chats to Artist Jeremy Deller
Joy in People features almost all of Deller's major works to date, including installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, performance works, and sound pieces. These works include a larger-than-life-size reconstruction of Deller's Open Bedroom (1993), the artist's first exhibition which was held in his parents' house when they were away; a two-part installation and presentation of archival material based around Deller's epic project The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All) (2004) exploring a violent 1984 confrontation between striking miners and police—an event he re-staged with historical re-enactment societies and actual participants; and Valerie's Snack Bar (2009), a parade float in the form of a reconstruction of the eponymous Manchester café, where viewers can enjoy a cup of tea while watching a video of the procession with local groups and organizations that Deller organized to be "a little like living in Britain: annoying, funny, and a bit of a mess." In addition, the exhibition will feature a section entitled “My Failures” devoted to the artist’s myriad unrealized projects, including a series of drawings for an unrealized Iggy Pop Life Drawing Class (2006-2011).
Deller On Music
Much of Deller's work over the years has explored and elaborated on the social meanings of popular music. Jeremy Deller: Joy in People will include a number of his pioneering collaborative works with fans, such as The Uses of Literacy (1997), an exhibition created by fans of the Manic Street Preachers, which brings together paintings, collages, drawings, books, poetry, and ephemera inspired by the band's lyrics. The show will also present several music-related videos, such as Acid Brass (1997), for which Deller commissioned a traditional British brass band to play contemporary acid house music. Our Hobby is Depeche Mode (2006) is an archive and video based on the massive fan base—especially ecstatic in Eastern Europe—for the 1980s electro-pop band.
Jeremy Deller will represent Britain at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Sussex, and in 2004 won the Turner Prize. Monographic exhibitions include: Unconvention (1999, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff), After the Goldrush (2002, Wattis Institute, San Francisco), Folk Archive with Alan Kane (2004, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Barbican Art Gallery, London), Jeremy Deller (2005, Kunstverein, Munich), From One Revolution to Another (2008, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq (2009, Creative Time and New Museum, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), and Processions (2009, Cornerhouse, Manchester).
Jeremy Deller: Joy in People is organized by the Hayward Gallery, London, where it was curated by Director Ralph Rugoff. The exhibition is coordinated at ICA by Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue ($40). From ICA, Jeremy Deller: Joy in People travels to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Acid Brass – Jeremy Deller
RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMSParticipate in the ICA Salon! We have invited a stellar group of artists, critics, and curators to convene every other week to speak frankly with the audience about their recent projects. Inspired by Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, these informal, wide-ranging conversations will take up issues relating to staging /restaging, sound / music, and folk / subculture.
October 24, 6:30 PM: Staging / Restaging with Terry Adkins, Homay King, and Sharon Lockhart
November 7, 6:30 PM: Sound / Music with with Mark Beasley, Liz Kotz, and Kamau Amu Patton
November 28, 6:30 PM: Folk / Subculture with Alex Baker, Matthew Higgs, and William E. Jones
Please check excursus.icaphila.org/iii/ for a calendar of related events.
ICA is grateful to Julie L. & Lawrence J. Bernstein and Toby Devan Lewis for generous support of this exhibition. Programming associated with this exhibition has been supported by the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, the Keith L. Sachs & Katherine Sachs Program in Contemporary Art, the Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Art, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Dorothy H. & Martin N. Bandier Endowment Fund; the Wendy Fisher Fund; the Barbara O. & Richard S. Lane Fund; the Babette L. & Harvey A. Snyder Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; the University of Pennsylvania; and by an anonymous donor. Free admission to ICA for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C95) & Glenn (W87/WG88) Fuhrman Fund. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA thanks La Colombe for providing complimentary coffee at public events. ICA acknowledges Le Méridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™ partner hotel.