MSUToday
Published: Sept. 6, 2019

MSU Broad exhibit explores memory and transformation

Contact(s): Morgan Butts Broad Art Museum office: (517) 884-3909 cell: (517) 884-3909 buttsmor@msu.edu

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is proud to present "Katrín Sigurðardóttir," on view from Sept. 14, 2019–March 1, 2020. Timely and timeless, the work of Sigurðardóttir explores the relationship of memory, distance and time — an “archaeological” search for meaning, self and social awareness, while confronting the impermanence of all things.

Katrín Sigurðardóttir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. In the last 20 years, her works are in numerous public and private collections.

The exhibition draws together three major projects that share a genealogical relationship: "Unbuilt Residences" (2005–15), "Metamorphic" (2017–ongoing) and "Namesake" (2018–ongoing). Collectively, these bodies of work employ various artistic processes of creation and transformation, thus imbuing the works with a sense of resilience and perseverance.

This will be the first exhibition to bring these different works together in conversation, expanding and reinforcing their evocative power, while also creating more opportunities for exploration and engagement.

“One of the defining characteristics of Sigurðardóttir’s recent work is the conscious interplay between chance and intention in the creative process between construction and cataclysm," explains Steven Bridges, associate curator at the MSU Broad. “The implications of these (meta)physical processes also relate directly to the context of the exhibition, rooted in Michigan and the Midwest, while simultaneously connecting the local with global concerns around the precarity of contemporary life.”

The MSU Broad produced a brochure in accompaniment of the exhibition, a PDF version of which is available for download on the museum’s website. Forthcoming details on the schedule of programs and other events related to the show will also be featured on the website.

"Katrín Sigurðardóttir" is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU and curated by Steven Bridges, associate curator.