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Play the Wind

  • Alex Prager
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    Alex Prager, Big West, 2019

Press for Play the Wind

Current Exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin


Play the Wind

  • Alex Prager
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mirrors of Emotion

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

cart, horse, cart

  • Zachary Armstrong,
  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • McArthur Binion,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Sarah Cain,
  • Sarah Crowner,
  • Beverly Fishman,
  • Joanne Greenbaum,
  • Tomashi Jackson,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Angel Otero,
  • Lari Pittman,
  • Matthew Ronay,
  • Terry Winters,
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Workshop

  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Focus: Helen Pashgian

  • Helen Pashgian,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 25, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Site of Memory

  • Heidi Bucher,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Milagros

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Impeach

  • Jennifer Steinkamp,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hand:Work

  • McArthur Binion,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bluebird

  • Margherita Manzelli,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED

  • Mandy El-Sayegh,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Modernist

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds

  • Liza Lou,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La India Contaminada

  • Cecilia Vicuña,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

American Landscape

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Geometry of Colour

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THE BEARD PICTURES

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polvo

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Films and Video Sculptures, 1972-1981

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Jul. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tête de Femme

  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anya Gallaccio

  • Anya Gallaccio,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borne Frieze

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

  • Patrick Van Caeckenbergh,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (LES)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (Chelsea)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nari Ward

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset in My Heart

  • Mr.,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Repossession

  • Kader Attia,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La Grande Sortie

  • Alex Prager
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

flowers, nudes and birch trees

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

700 Nimes Road

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Portraits and Landscapes

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kindred Spirits

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Teresita Fernández

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bright Young Things

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim Guiline

  • Kim Guiline,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fire (America)

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liu Wei (Chelsea)

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lui Wei (Chrystie St.)

  • Lui Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From a whisper to a scream

  • Jeffrey Gibson,
  • Shirazeh Houshiary,
  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Till, Lit

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Bul

  • Lee Bul,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reason’s Oxymorons

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 05 - Oct 26, 2019

  • Reception: Sep 05, 6 - 8pm

Where

Lehmann Maupin

  • 536 W 22nd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.255.2923

About

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work, including a new film, Play the Wind (2019; 8 minutes), by Alex Prager. Well established for her genre-defying approach to image making that timelessly combines eras, cultural references, and personal experiences, the photographs and the film debuted in this exhibition are a fresh reflection on Prager’s place of origin, site of inspiration, and frequent character—the city of Los Angeles. The world premiere of Play the Wind on Thursday, September 5, will include an opening reception for the artist at 536 West 22nd Street.

Prager’s contemporary take on the modernist tradition of anthropomorphizing a city, from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris, to James Joyce’s Dublin, to Keith Haring’s New York City, arises from the artist’s recent professional and personal transformation. Having passed a major career milestone—the publishing of her first monograph, Silver Lake Drive (2018, Chronicle Books), and a mid-career retrospective of the same title—Prager spent time reflecting on her beginnings as a photographer and her transition to film directing. In addition, the birth of her first child in the city where she too was born and has lived most of her life contributed to an uncanny nostalgia for the artist that psychologically pulled her into the past while simultaneously beckoning her toward the future. Creating a film that could contain these seemingly contradictory impulses became the impetus for this new body of work.

In Prager’s newest film, Play the Wind, we are led on a journey throughout Los Angeles with our protagonists Dimitri Chamblas (dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts) and Riley Keough (American Honey and The Girlfriend Experience). Depicted from the vantage point of driving in the city, Prager cultivates a surreal sentiment of passing moments that feel like a fabricated memory or a dream. She utilizes this sensation of motion throughout the film as a narrative device, with her command of film directing, honed over eight films including the Emmy Award winning Touch of Evil (2011), now contributing a new sense of movement also evident in the accompanying still photographs. She anchors her characteristically elaborate fictional scenes within the real Los Angeles, shooting for the first time in many years primarily on location rather than in the studio—a decision that harkens back to when Prager began her career over a decade ago. Though the images contain large constructed set pieces and are populated with carefully cast extras (numbering up to 300), the presence of the Los Angeles streets infuses an element of urban lifeblood that is palpable in the work. Prager’s perception of Los Angeles is one of the artifice and drama befitting Hollywood, with real world chaos that overflows into sci-fi dystopia and post-apocalyptic dread. She toys with these visions of the city disseminated on film, TV, and within the popular imagination, which inform our characterization of a place as much as our own memories.

Technically important to the making of this film was Prager’s collaboration with a team to produce set designs and props that would add a layer of artifice and duplicity to her real-world locations. The interference of these traditional illusionary effects upon the actual Los Angeles streets and locations Prager shot on creates an unnerving sensation, hinting at the reality that might exist just outside of our perception. All of these elements are recast in the series of photographs, which appear in different configurations or on various scales that further destabilize any linear narrative. Drawing on the concept of a distorted memory, Prager has found ways to incorporate objects seen in the photographs and film into the gallery as sculpture, with the intent to further dislodge our understanding of place and time and bring us deeper into her highly constructed world.

Connoisseurs of Prager’s work will likely spot the references to her past series, such as the noir themed Compulsion (2012), or the archetypical ingénue of The Big Valley (2008). This self-referencing becomes yet another layering device, mixing Prager’s career-spanning themes and the greater art historical genres from which they are drawn to create work both entirely new, yet seemingly familiar. Prager’s incorporation of her past into her present work serves as a reminder that while the past may not be returned to, it does remain with us, appearing in surprising, sometimes unsettling ways.

Major support for Play the Wind is provided by Arts & Sciences and Dropbox.


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