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James Benning: Quilts, Cigarettes & Dirt (Portraits of America)
May 16 - July 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6 - 8 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition and US museum debut of independent American filmmaker and artist James Benning, James Benning: Quilts, Cigarettes & Dirt (Portraits of America). For more than 40 years exploring the film medium, Benning has engaged with history, memory, and documentary traditions, often encompassing a rigorous treatment of the American landscape. Benning’s exhibition at MCASB will present some of the filmmaker’s most recent works, including the films Twenty Cigarettes, and READERS, put in dialogue with a selection of photographs and objects from his Portraits series.
James Benning: Quilts, Cigarettes & Dirt (Portraits of America) is curated by Abaseh Mirvali, Executive Director and Chief Curator.
Join us at MCASB for an opening reception on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm.
About the Artist
James Benning (b.1942, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) lives and works in Val Verde, California, USA. Benning is a major figure of American cinema. In the late 1960s, he directed his first short films in the experimental-cinema tradition, retaining its formal rigor and taste for conceptual constraints while pioneering the notion of “figurative narrative.” His films rest on an experience of time and perception and its relationship to space. They also approach the notion of place from autobiographical, cultural, political, and historical viewpoints. In 2014, his film, 13 Lakes, was added to the National Film Registry. Benning has been teaching at the California Institute of the Arts since 1987.
Benning’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (2015); Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria (2014); VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal, Canada (2014); and Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria (2014), among numerous others. Group exhibitions and screenings include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2018); National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA (2017); Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (2017); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); Centre d’art de L’Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay, France (2016); MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA (2015); De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2014, 2006, 1981, 1979); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2013, 2003, 1979, 1978).
For more information, visit: https://www.mcasantabarbara.org/exhibition/james-benning-quilts-cigarettes-dirt-portraits-of-america/
Image: Courtesy the Artist
- Thu, May 16 @ 6:00 pm
- Fri, May 17 @ 6:00 pm
- Sat, May 18 @ 6:00 pm
- Sun, May 19 @ 6:00 pm
- Mon, May 20 @ 6:00 pm
- Tue, May 21 @ 6:00 pm
- Wed, May 22 @ 6:00 pm
- Thu, May 23 @ 6:00 pm
- Fri, May 24 @ 6:00 pm
- Sat, May 25 @ 6:00 pm
- Sun, May 26 @ 6:00 pm
- Mon, May 27 @ 6:00 pm
- Tue, May 28 @ 6:00 pm
- Wed, May 29 @ 6:00 pm
- Starting Thursday, May 16th, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm