Former Contemporary Arts Museum Houston senior curator Lynn Herbert offers her views on the exhibition, It is what it is. Or is it?.
It is what it is. Or is it? is a group exhibition that explores how the readymade form has changed. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, video and interactive works, including new works and commissions by an international group of artists, It is what it is. Or is it? is a speculative proposition that considers how artists are using and making readymades today.
The exhibition is a dialogue with the readymade form, seeing it not as a collection of static objects, but as a practice of displacement that turns thought into form. The 18 artists in the exhibition represent three generations and nine countries: Ellen Altfest, Fayçal Baghriche, Bill Bollinger, Chto Delat?, William Cordova, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Latifa Echakhch, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Claire Fontaine, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Hecker, Jamie Isenstein, Luis Jacob, Patrick Killoran, Jiri Kovanda, Klara Lidén, Catherine Murphy and Pratchaya Phinthong.