Curated by Alex Baker and Toby Kamps
artist(s)Laurie Anderson, Colette Gaiter, Lia Halloran, Ronald Jones, Oleg Kulik, Julian LaVerdiere, Aleksandra Mir, Damián Ortega, Marko Peljhan, Steve Roden, Jason Rogenes, Adam Ross, Katy Schimert, Jane Wilson, Louise Wilson
Additional Support: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and iCI Exhibition Partners
"When someone meditates on the infinte universe, something of grandeur is conferred on him or her, and he or she experiences an expansion of being." - French scientist and philosopher Gaston Bachelard
In a global moment preoccupied with terrestrial conflicts, why are so many artists fascinated by extraterrestrial subjects? Space Is the Place features an international selection of recent works on the theme of space exploration-its history, limitations, and potential. Certainly, the utopian promise of an intergalactic future promoted during the Cold War-era Space Race has not been realized. Today, however, the excitement and mystery of Star Trek's "final frontier" inspires contemporary artists around the world. Space research has advanced tremendously since the 1960s, but the challenges of technology, politics, and human nature have reshaped our conceptions of outer space. Space Is the Place reflects significant new attitudes toward the cosmos and a human role in it. The exhibition's paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, and sound and video works depict outer space as a realm of infinite possibility, while they also reflect the dramatic social changes of the nearly fifty years since the launch of the Soviet Sputnik satellite.