. October 16, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will mark the launch of New Directions, a series of solo exhibitions of contemporary artists inaugurated by MAM’s new curator of contemporary art, Alexandra Schwartz. The first in this series will present the work of media artist and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Marina Zurkow. Titled Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others, on view through January 8. The exhibition presents the world premiere of Zurkow’s Friends and Enemies, and will include five digital animation videos, two of which will be screened on the Museum’s grounds, and 16 works on paper.

Zurkow makes psychological narratives about humans and their relationship to animals, plants, and the weather. These take the form of multichannel videos, customized multiscreen computer pieces, animated cartoons, interactive mobile works, and pop objects.

The first portion of the exhibition showcases the series Crossing the Waters (2006–09), digital animations that explore oceanic environments and climate change. The four-part video Elixir (2007–09), parts III and IV of which will be screened on the Museum’s grounds, shows figures trapped in floating bottles, highlighting the paradoxical violence and tranquility of the oceans. Weights and Measures (2007) examines how animals, plants, and machines play radically different ecological roles. Slurb (2009), commissioned by the city of Tampa, imagines that city as an underwater, post-apocalyptic world.

The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis. MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists.

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