Laurel Nakadate at MoMA PS1

April 26, 2011

BFA Photography Department faculty member Laurel Nakadate has been earning plaudits for her current exhibition at PS1, “Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely.” The show is the first to bring together the artist’s videos, photographs and feature-length films in a single space, collectively addressing themes of voyeurism, loneliness, the manipulative power of the camera and the urge to connect with others. The works on view include Good Morning, Sunshine (2009), in which Nakadate enters the bedrooms of young women, wakes them and instructs each to strip down to their underwear for the camera; two feature films, Stay the Same Never Change (2009) and The Wolf Knife (2010); and the premiere of her photographic series, 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, which documents a year-long performance  that began on January 1, 2010, in which the artist photographed herself before, during or after weeping each day.

The exhibition opened earlier this year and has been getting attention from all corners of the art world, leading to a feature in The New York Times and a cover story in Modern Painters. “Only the Lonely” is on view at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, through Monday, August 8.

Images: Laurel Nakadate, (top) Stay The Same Never Change (Mary in the Water), 2008; (bottom) Stay The Same Never Change (Julie and Tate), 2008. Copyright Laurel Nakadate. Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects.

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