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    MK Guth, Menu for Getting There, 2018

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Current Exhibitions at Cristin Tierney Gallery


Contemplation

  • Joe Fig,
  • Opens: Sep. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The First 30 Years Viewing Room

  • John Wood and Paul Harrison,
  • Opens: Jun. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Aug. 23, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black/Red/Ribbon

  • Tim Youd,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 06, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Optimates

  • Melanie Baker,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Film

  • T Kelly Mason,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Menu

  • MK Guth
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inside Baseball

  • Melanie Baker,
  • Joe Fig,
  • Neil Goldberg,
  • MK Guth
  • Malia Jensen,
  • John Wood and Paul Harrison,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

VOTE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS

  • Neil Goldberg,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Under Construction: Photography, Video, and the (Re)presentation of Identity

  • Janet Biggs,
  • Victor Burgin,
  • Peter Campus,
  • Neil Goldberg,
  • Malia Jensen,
  • Anselm Kiefer,
  • Martha Rosler,
  • Cindy Sherman,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Out West (Back East)

  • Malia Jensen,
  • Opens: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Curvilinear

  • Lorser Feitelson,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2018
  • Closes: May. 25, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hard Edges

  • Lorser Feitelson,
  • Elise Ferguson,
  • Alois Kronschlaeger,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

"Inhibited Bites" Performance

  • Neil Goldberg,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

pause

  • Peter Campus,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sign of Abandonment

  • Jorge Tacla,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classic Attitude

  • Helen Lundeberg,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecstatic Reading

  • Tim Youd,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inside the Artist's Studio

  • Joe Fig,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: 32

Slow Boom

  • Richard Galpin,
  • Opens: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 12, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Slideshow

  • Francisco Ugarte,
  • Opens: Jul. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception: Jul. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Surface Tension

  • Jean Shin,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

within touching distance

  • Janet Biggs,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Do Androids See Electric Paintings?

  • Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 11, 2016
  • Reception: May. 06, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tracks, Symptoms, and Designations: Art and the Index

  • Jennifer Marman,
  • Daniel Borins,
  • David Ellis,
  • Roberto Lange,
  • Ana Mendieta,
  • Juan Muñoz,
  • Gabriel Orozco,
  • Jean Shin,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shout, Recount, Get Drunk

  • MK Guth
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Midwest

  • Victor Burgin,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Three Lines, One Square

  • Francisco Ugarte,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

peter campus, circa 1987

  • Peter Campus,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Indirect Representations

  • Joe Fig,
  • Janet Biggs,
  • Ellen Carey,
  • Adam Cvijanovic,
  • Kate Gilmore,
  • Neil Goldberg,
  • Nina Katchadourian,
  • Byron Kim,
  • Ryan McGinness,
  • Danica Phelps,
  • Tim Youd,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endurance

  • Janet Biggs,
  • Regina José Galindo,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: May. 27, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Alois Kronschlaeger,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 13 - Oct 26, 2019

  • Reception: Sep 13, 6 - 8pm

Where

Cristin Tierney Gallery

  • 219 Bowery, Floor 2, New York NY 10002 Map
  • 212.594.0550

About

Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present Menu, an exhibition of new performance-based works by MK Guth. Menu opens Friday, September 13th with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The artist will be present. It continues through Saturday, October 26th.

Menu presents a selection of evocatively-titled sculptures: Dinner to Tell a Joke, Menu for Getting There, Menu for Getting What You Want, Dinner for Getting Over It Or At Least Getting Through It, and Menu for a Table. The menus are handmade books of instructions for various actions. The dinners are assemblages of items to be activated in performances that double as communal meals. Although each work offers a different experience for the viewer, all draw from gastronomic culture. Dinner to Tell a Joke is a silver cloth-bound book that comes with six shiny red cups doubling as drink glasses and clown noses. The dinner is designed around humor as a form of release, political statement, criticism, response to horrific events, societal change or simply the need to laugh.

The “Small Plates” section of Menu for Getting What You Want instructs the reader to “Cast your line / Keep your eye on the line / Be patient / Be willing to wait / Wait some more / Do not give up.” Under the header “Main Entrée,” the action ramps up: “Pay attention / When you feel a tug on the line, ACT / Do not miss your opportunity / Have the net ready.” A watercolor of a man holding a fish he has caught adorns the flip side of the book.

Although informative, neither the menus nor the dinners function as ostensibly intended. Some directions in the menus are abstract, while others are impossible to carry out as written. The dinners similarly pursue an objective that is conceptual not concrete. All require the participant’s imagination, whether filling in blanks or considering other ways that Guth’s prompts could be applied. Depending on each viewer’s perspective, a variety of interpretations is possible for every work.

Also significant in Menu is Guth’s use of a culinary framework, which functions two-fold. First, the artist’s tasks follow an order of progression that mimics the typical sequencing of a multi-course meal. Presented as a starter, entrée, or dessert course, each prompt gains ancillary meaning according to what it precedes or follows. Second, it underscores the shared nature of the experience. Dining, like performance, is often undertaken with others present. Both are interactive sites of exchange, requiring give-and-take between actor and participant, host and guest. Guth’s sculptures likewise depend on a social context for activation; assigned tasks invite viewers to involve themselves in the work, forming a provisional performative community. By encouraging this exchange, Menu continues Guth’s ongoing exploration of relational aesthetics, bringing people into conversation through shared rituals.

MK Guth (b. 1963, Stevens Point, WI) works in video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive projects. She has exhibited internationally at numerous museums and festivals including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Schneider Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Nottdance Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Art Gym at Merylhurst University, Frye Art Museum, and The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. She is a founding member of the Red Shoe Delivery Service, an ongoing collaborative performance project with artists Molly Dilworth and Cris Moss. Currently, the artist’s installation Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping is on view in the exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World through September 22nd at the Akron Art Museum. In May 2020, she will do a special performance at UCLA’s Powell Library with the Center for the Art of Performance. Guth is the Director of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies and interim Chair of the Critical Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

For more information please contact Candace Moeller at +1.212.594.0550 or candace@cristintierney.com.


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