Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Artur Silva. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Artur Silva. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Alec Soth and Peter Friedl. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Alec Soth and Peter Friedl. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Aaron Spangler. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Aaron Spangler. Photo Peter Cox
Aaron Spangler, Earthly Delights, 2007, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Aaron Spangler, Earthly Delights, 2007, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Carol Jackson. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Carol Jackson. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Documentation on cultural institutions in the Heartland, room designed by Design 99. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Documentation on cultural institutions in the Heartland, room designed by Design 99. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Documentation on cultural institutions in the Heartland, room designed by Design 99. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Documentation on cultural institutions in the Heartland, room designed by Design 99. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Dan Peterman. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Dan Peterman. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Detail of work by Deb Sokolow. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Detail of work by Deb Sokolow. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Greely Myatt. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Greely Myatt. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Greely Myatt. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Greely Myatt. Photo Peter Cox
Greely Myatt, Cleave, 2002-2008, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Greely Myatt, Cleave, 2002-2008, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Greely Myatt, Mitote, 2008, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Greely Myatt, Mitote, 2008, detail. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Jeremiah Day. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Jeremiah Day. Photo Peter Cox
Jeremiah Day, Lowndes County Freedom Organization Headquarters, Alabama, 1966. Photo & copyright Doug Harris
Jeremiah Day, Lowndes County Freedom Organization Headquarters, Alabama, 1966. Photo & copyright Doug Harris
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Kerry James Marshall. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Kerry James Marshall. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Matthew Day Jackson. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Matthew Day Jackson. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Marjetica Potrč. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Marjetica Potrč. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Marjetica Potrč. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Marjetica Potrč. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Michael Rakowitz. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Michael Rakowitz. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Michael Rakowitz. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Michael Rakowitz. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by The New Kinomatagraphic Union. Photo Boudewijn Bollmann
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by The New Kinomatagraphic Union. Photo Boudewijn Bollmann
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by The New Kinomatagraphic Union. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by The New Kinomatagraphic Union. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Scott Hocking. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Scott Hocking. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Seth Johnson. Photo Peter Cox
Room view Heartland exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), 2008. Work by Seth Johnson. Photo Peter Cox
Ernesto Pujol, My Antonia, 2003. Courtesy de kunstenaar en Ramis Barquet Gallery
Ernesto Pujol, My Antonia, 2003. Courtesy de kunstenaar en Ramis Barquet Gallery
Juan William Chavez, Drawing on LSD - driving and drawing north and southbound on Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
Juan William Chavez, Drawing on LSD - driving and drawing north and southbound on Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
Julika Rudelius, Rites, 2008
Julika Rudelius, Rites, 2008
Simparch & Chris Vorhees, information desk, Van Abbemuseum, 2008
Simparch & Chris Vorhees, information desk, Van Abbemuseum, 2008
Mississippi Rockaway Armada, muziekperformance, 2007. Foto Tod Seelie
Mississippi Rockaway Armada, muziekperformance, 2007. Foto Tod Seelie

exhibition

Location: Van Abbemuseum
Opening: Saturday, 04 October 2008 15:00

Heartland

The exhibition

Curators: Charles Esche, Kerstin Niemann, Stephanie Smith

For three months, the city of Eindhoven will play host to art and music from the heart of the USA. Visitors will be given an introduction to an unknown part of a very well known country.

During the American presidential elections – when there is a great deal of US political coverage in the Netherlands – the Heartland experience offers a different perspective, concentrating on new, cultural insights into the region. The project grew out of a series of curatorial research trips and is a collaboration with the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago as its American partner. It also extends to other institutions in Eindhoven such as MU and Stroomhuis. In 2009, the exhibition will travel to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, where it will be on view in a modified form from 1 October 2009 until 17 January 2010. The publication about the Heartland project will be launched on October 10, 2009, during the Museumnacht 2009 in the Van Abbemuseum.

The exhibition in the Van Abbemuseum takes the visitor on a trip alongside the Mississippi river and its tributaries, through countryside and cities. It features both commissioned and existing works by contemporary American and European artists. In doing so it gives visitors a chance to find out more about the region, its residents and its real or imagined history and terrain. The artist list includes familiar and unfamiliar names such as Jeremiah Day, Kerry James Marshall, Marjetica Potrč, Julika Rudelius and Wilhelm Sasnal. Together they present a diverse series of experiences of the Heartland.

The curatorial team of this exhibition was drawn from the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago to mix transatlantic perspectives. They selected work(s) by artists who live in the region or responded to its unique characteristics, as well as work by artists who live outside the region and have undertaken residencies in the Heartland in order to produce new work. The aim of the exhibition is to form a more subtle picture of the part of the United States that we define as the new Heartland. Geographically, the exhibition roughly follows the Mississippi River and its tributaries from the south to the north, taking in an area from New Orleans up to Minneapolis, including Omaha, Kansas City, Detroit and Chicago. Although not all the artists actually live in the Heartland, this region forms the basis of their work, in the sense that they engage with its rich history, cultural diversity and current themes.

Why Heartland?

There are several reasons why the Van Abbemuseum decided to focus on the art and culture of the central and southern states of the USA, for us defined as Heartland. Firstly, the selected works form a valuable complement to the exhibition history of the Van Abbemuseum. Most of the work exhibited in the museum from the 1960s onwards came from the American East Coast, while from the 1990s onwards the attention shifted to Los Angeles and the West Coast. This background made the curators curious about the zone in between. Secondly, this exhibition exemplifies the direct relation between art and society, given the crucial role that the region plays in the upcoming US presidential elections. The Heartland exhibition also addresses the need to rethink old fashioned stereotypes about the Heartland and its people, and it is questioning traditional definitions of cultural centers and peripheries. The location of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, outside the Randstad (the region where most of the big cities in the Netherlands are located, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague), parallels in character and reputation the location of the Heartland between the dominant American East and West Coasts.

Artists in the exhibition

Artists included in the exhibition are: Juan William Chávez, Cody Critcheloe, Peter Friedl, Scott Hocking, Carol Jackson, Matthew Day Jackson, Seth Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Greely Myatt, Dan Peterman, Marjetica Potrč, Ernesto Pujol, Michael Rakowitz, Wilhelm Sasnal, Artur Silva, Deb Sokolow, Alec Soth, Aaron Spangler, Design 99, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, SIMPARCH, The New Kinomatagraphic Union, Jaimie Warren & Whoop Dee Doo Kansas City, as well as artists in residence Jeremiah Day and Julika Rudelius.

More information about the art works in the exhibition and the participating artists is available in the exhibition guide.

The Muziekcentrum and the Van Abbemuseum have issued the Heartland magazine, containing the programme of activities in Eindhoven, a general introduction to the project, and texts by US experts in the Netherlands as well as various authors, artists and musicians about artistic practice and music in the Heartland.

Curators

Charles Esche, Director Van Abbemuseum
Kerstin Niemann, Research Curator Van Abbemuseum
Stephanie Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Contributions

Rhodes College Center for the Outreach in the Development for the Arts
Memphis College of Art, Memphis
MU, Eindhoven

Made possible in part by

Mondriaan Stichting City of Eindhoven SNS REAAL Fonds American Embassy The Hague

Heartland - The exhibition is part of: Heartland

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