Sep 19–Dec 28, 2014

Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries

Moyra Davey, Ruby Glass, 2013, digital C-print, tape, postage, ink, 12 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy.
About

Moyra Davey mailerICA presents a new body of work by Moyra Davey based on the artist’s recent reading of Jean Genet. The act of reading has long been integral to Davey’s work, which is full of images of books; however this is the first time Davey has ever made a book specifically for a gallery installation.

Moving between photography, writing, and film, Moyra Davey’s highly personal and methodical work draws deeply on the form of the essay. Her art interprets and critiques her own experience as an artist through a generous frame of literary, philosophical, and cultural references, drawing as well on objects, memories, and even dust. Assembling a rich variety of texts, Davey uses them as the materials from which she constructs an almost romantic yet decisively biting point of view.

Organized for MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig) in Vienna by curator Matthias Michalka. Organized at ICA by Chief Curator Ingrid Schaffner. The installation is accompanied by the artist’s book Burn the Diaries (a co-publication of ICA, MUMOK, and Dancing Foxes Press), as well as by a gallery supplement with an essay by Schaffner and an interview with the artist by Michalka.
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NY Event: Book Launch & Reading with Moyra Davey and Alison Strayer Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2014READING: Moyra DaveyREADING: Jean Genet2014–15 ExhibitionsMoyra Davey: Burn the DiariesA rapt audience: Penn Art and Culture captures fall 2014 members walkthrough in picturesThefts, Words, Memories: The Penn Gazette on Burn The DiairesVideo: Moyra Davey’s 2012 PennDesign Lecture

Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 7PM
READING: Jean Genet
Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 6:30PM
READING: Moyra Davey
Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 10:06AM
Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2014
Books & Editions

description

In the oeuvre of New York artist Moyra Davey (born 1958), literature and writing are as significant as photography, film, and video. In her latest text, Burn the Diaries, Davey considers the work of French playwright and political activist Jean Genet (1910–1986), among other texts, while examining fugitive moments from her own life. An essay by her childhood friend and reading companion Alison Strayer, reflects on Davey’s themes. The publication is part of a group of new works and can be read both as an artist’s book and a catalogue to accompany the exhibition at MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna, and the ICA. Essays by Moyra Davey and Allison Strayer.
ISBN 9780985337728
Publication Date
2014
Designer
Filiep Tacq
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania / Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna / Dancing Foxes Press