Shana Moulton presents The Undiscovered Antique – a new episode in the continuing saga of her alter-ego, Cynthia – as an immersive, multi-channel video installation and performance. Through Cynthia’s searches for fulfillment via home décor, self-help rituals and cosmetics, Moulton examines the relationship of bodily and spiritual anxieties to popular culture, technology, and gender. In this episode Moulton explores the visual and cultural legacies of the American Southwest as Cynthia takes on a quest to find the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow, hoping to confirm the potential material value of her domestic artifacts. Over the course of this journey, Cynthia undergoes physical and spiritual transformations that question the authenticity of both her perception of the material world and of her own body.
Presented by Art in General for Performa 09.
Shana Moulton is a New York-based video and performance artist. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University, she has been awarded fellowships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and De Ateliers, Netherlands. She has participated in various international solo and group exhibitions, often featuring episodes of her ongoing Whispering Pines series. Most recently, she has exhibited at the Migros Museum, Zurich; Pianissimo, Italy; Contemporary Museum of Art Uppsala, Sweden; Gimpel Fils, London; and Bellwether Gallery, NY. Moulton has also participated in numerous festivals and screenings including Special Effects Film Festival at FACT in Liverpool, UK; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (Madrid); IAO: French Psychedelia from 1968 – Infinity at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, France; The 15th New York Underground Film Festival, NY; and Float at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY.
Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. www.performa-arts.org
The New Commissions Program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.