Allan Sekula at Columbus Museum of Art

March 16, 2017

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

Allan Sekula, Aerospace Folktales, 1973

The Columbus Museum of Art presents Allan Sekula: Aerospace Folktales and Other Stories, opening March 17, 2017. The exhibition will debut the museum's recently acquired preliminary version of Aerospace Folktales, 1973, a largescale photographic installation, including 142 photographs, a written commentary, and four audio interviews that investigate the artist’s own class and family circumstances. This early version of Aerospace Folktales has not been exhibited in its entirety in more than thirty years.

 

Alongside Aerospace Folktales, the exhibition will feature a selection of Sekula's seminal works from his multi-faceted practice between the years of 1972 and 2012. These works include Untitled Slide Sequence, 1972, is a 35mm slideshow that presents twenty-five still images of aerospace factory workers as they leave their shifts at a General Dynamics Convair Division factory in San Diego, the single-channel video Reagan Tape, made with Noël Burch in 1981, which intercuts clips of Reagan’s first State of the Union address with clips from his Hollywood films, and Waiting for Tear Gas, 1999-2000, which consists of 80 images taken in Seattle during protests against the World Trade Organization in the Autumn of 1999. Also included in the exhibition are Dismal Science, from Chapter 8 of Fish Story, 1988-1993, shown as a projection, The Forgotten Space, 2010, Sekula's essay film exploring the neglected industrial districts of docklands, and Art Isn't Fair, 2012, one of Sekula's final works which humorously investigates the recent rise of global contemporary art fairs.

 

Aerospace Folktales and Other Stories will be on view at the Columbus Museum of Art through July 2, 2017.