an inadequate history of conceptual art in:

Présences Voyageuses & Degrés Est

March 1-June 2, 2019 

Opening: February 28, 7pm 

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[aihca has been acquired by Frac Lorraine.]

Silvia Kolbowski: The Sleep of Reason 


Screenings of the below; discussion with curator Kari Rittenbach, and the audience, will follow.


Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

7-9 pm
Presented by Yale Union at NW Film Center, at The Portland Art Museum

Proximity to Power, American Style, 200304
Digital slides (color), sound
Audio: 37.18 min.

That Monster: An Allegory, 2018
Video loop projection, black and white, 18 min.
Music: Excerpts from Metamorphosis 1 and Metamorphosis 2 by Philip Glass
© 1988 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission
Pianist: Dustin O'Halloran

New video project:

That Monster: An Allegory
An allegory about the human subjects that capitalism produces.

Video, with music and without music...

Senior Advisor, Terra Foundation Summer Residency
Giverny, France, July 2019

New posting on the Text/Interview page of website:
Reign of the White Glove by Jeffrey Stuker.

A new analysis of the Harry Winston, Inc. project (1990)

In Effects, No. 1, January 2018
Edited by Christopher Page and Orlando Reade

June 23-December 14, 2018
CCS Bard Hessel Museum
The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and 
American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004)

Opening Reception June 23rd, 2-5pm
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
[includes an inadequate history of conceptual art, with archival material.]

October 1, 2017-February 4, 2018
Narrative Art
Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
An exhibition organized by Paul Bernard, Lionel Bovier and Julien Fronsacq

[Includes Model Pleasure V, a new acquisition by MAMCO, Geneva.]

November 30th, 2017
Behind Glass
A conversation with Silvia Kolbowski
Bodega Gallery
167 Rivington Street, New York

7-8:30 pm
A discussion with Josephine Graf about storefront-related projects from the 1990s]
Audio now available on Text/Interviews section of this website:

November 3 - December 10, 2017
In Vitro 
Bodega Gallery
167 Rivington Street, New York

[Group exhibition; Includes the 2000 video, Sevenx7.]

"Window displays are still very much with us - as evidenced by Sara Deraedt's 
terrific 2016 photograph of a vacuum cleaner seen through glass -- and the exhibition 
ends without exploring virtual presentation strategies. Instead it leaves us with 
Silvia Kolbowski's riveting and prescient video, shot in 2000, in which she asks 
Orchard Street store owners whether they think the ultra-chic Lower East Side 
clothing shop Seven will change the neighborhood."
Anne Doran, Collector Daily

October 24th, 2017
This Monument Which is Not One
[Screening of A Few Howls Again and Like a Clap of Thunder)

Harvard University, Senior Loeb Lecture 
Art, Design, and the Public Domain
1pm, Gund Hall 124

12 September 2017 - 19 March 2018
Tension and Conflict
MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal
Co-curated by Pedro Gadanho and Luisa Santos

[The exhibition includes A Few Howls Again and Like a Clap of Thunder.]

"Video Art after 2008 focuses on an exceptional selection of artistic representations 
[22] which, with unusual eloquence, have resorted to video as a means of registering 
the impact and consequences of the 2008 global financial crisis."

"A few howls again?"


Commissioned by Taipei Bienniel, 2010; Curated by Lin Hong-John and Tirdad Zolghadr

September 7 - November 14, 2010

A few howls again? "resurrects" the brilliant and notorious German journalist and political militant, Ulrike Meinhof (1934-1976) in a stop-motion photo "animation" video loop with titles, as well as installed photos. The project raises questions about contemporary state violence and political resistance.

At left are installation views of the work at the Taipei Bienniel.

See this link for an excerpt of the video under project listing. (link)

"After Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "A Movie Will Be Shown Without the Sound"

May 8, 2009-June 14, 2009
One-person exhibition at Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The projection on opposite walls of a colored rectangular space of "After Hiroshima Mon Amour" (2008) and "A Movie Will Be Shown Without the Sound" (2006) allows the spectator to choose a position from which to take in either the Resnais/Duras film "Hiroshima mon amour" (1959), played without sound or titles, or "After Hiroshima Mon Amour." Enclosed in the same visual and aural space, the video and the film have the possibility of transforming each other.

"Nothing and Everything"

One-person exhibition at Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery
Concordia University, Montreal
January 30 - March 7, 2009
Curated by Michele Theriault

Curator's statement:
This exhibition presents two major works, produced ten years apart, which consider very different contemporary issues. On the one hand, "an inadequate history of conceptual art" (1998-1999) reflects upon the renewed interest in Conceptual Art, and on the other, "After Hiroshima Mon Amour" (2008), engages with American military interventions in Iraq, and the associated criminal neglect of post-hurricane New Orleans. These works offer subtle and provocative explorations of the meeting of unconscious forces with social, political, and historical structures as they are imbricated, not only with these events, but also with forms of art, cinema and writing that have radically transformed existing conventions.

A catalogue of the same title, with a discussion between Theriault and Kolbowski can be ordered from

"After Hiroshima Mon Amour"

One-person exhibition at La><art, Los Angeles
September 20 - November 1, 2008. (web link) (press release)
Curated by Christopher Bedford

"Manifesto Marathon"

Participation in Manifesto Marathon, Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Serpentine Gallery, London
October 19, 2008 (web link)
All photos © Serpentine Gallery, London and
Mark Blower, photography

"Younger and Stronger Men"

F.T. Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto" was scrambled and turned into a dialogue. A performance including 60 images of mass audiences from around the world, and two actors each reading parts of Marinetti's scrambled manifesto as a pseudo political debate dialogue.

"an inadequate history of conceptual art"
One-person exhibition at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
3/9/07 - 4/22/07
Curated by Pawel Polit
Photos 3-11 by Mariusz Michalski

This 1998/1999 project was reinstalled, with the addition of a Polish audio translation, and a new projection component. Due to the fact that a loan of audio equipment from Bang + Olufsen, required for the original specifications, was not able to be procured, this component was substituted with high-end Polish audio equipment from the 1970s.

Selected Bibliography
an inadequate history of conceptual art (Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw), 2007. (Includes an interview by Luiza Nader.) (See Publications)
Review, (April 2007) In Polish

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