The Art of Memory / The Loss of History
November 23 1985 – January 19 1986
Memory. It is unstable, fragile and problematized. At present, it is not a matter of whether or not one is capable of remembering, but of what is remembered and its relation to what is not remembered, or to its ‘reality.’ History. It is no longer constituted by the facts but by just so many memories, informed not by events but by their representations.
This exhibition explores how images are produced, often by the media, which ultimately become our collective memories, thereby promoting an invented history. Comprised of four parts, it includes a gallery exhibition of works by twelve artists; a video program, subtitled “Re-Viewing History: Video-Documents,” which include eleven videotapes; An Evening of 19th and 20th Century Piano Music…and a sixty-page catalogue, with original works of fiction, and critical essays by David Deitcher and Abigail Solomon-Godeau.