Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Andy Warhol Museum: Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS TO OPEN - MIXED SIGNALS: ARTISTS
CONSIDER MASCULINITY IN SPORTS AND CONTEMPORARY MAGIC: A
TAROT DECK ART PROJECT

(Pittsburgh, PA)…May 11, 2011… The Andy Warhol Museum announces its latest special exhibitions, Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports and Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project.
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The Warhol will open two new exhibitions, Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports and Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project on May 27, 2011. Mixed Signals will be on view through August 7 while Contemporary Magic will be on view through August 15, 2011.

Mixed Signals features works by contemporary artists that probe the stereotype of the American male athlete. This particular theme has become increasingly prevalent during the past several years. The exhibition features such well-known artists as Matthew Barney, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, and Sam Taylor-Wood to emerging talents such as Shaun El C. Leonardo and Joe Sola. Mixed Signals demonstrates that the male athlete is a far more ambiguous figure in our collective cultural imagination than ever before. Using elements of wit, sarcasm, and controversy, these artists challenge cultural assumptions that gender is natural or innate. Instead, they emphasize the many ways masculinity is always performed, coded, and socially constructed, perhaps even more so in the spectacular, media-saturated field of sports. Rituals of male bonding typical to various sports are explored as well. Another key theme of this exhibition pertains to the materials, symbols and regalia of sports that signify the prowess of the wearer.

Additional artists featured in this exhibition are: Mark Bradford, Marcelino Gonçalves, Lyle Ashton Harris, Brian Jungen, Kurt Kauper, Kori Newkirk Paul Pfeiffer, Marco Rios, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 4, 1994, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York:


Marcelino Gonçalves, Receiver, 2002, Collection of Marcia Goldenfeld Maiten and Barry Maiten, Los Angeles:


Lyle Ashton Harris, Memoirs of Hadrian #1, 2008, Courtesy Adamson Gallery/Editions:

Hank Willis Thomas, Something to Stand on: The Third Leg, 2007, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York:



Hank Willis Thomas, Scarred Chest, 2003, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York:


Collier Schorr, Anonymous Cowboy, 2008, Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery:



Catherine Opie, Josh, 2007, Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles:



Shaun El C. Leonardo, Bull in the Ring, 2008, Courtesy the artist and Praxis International Art, New York:


Brian Jungen, Michael, 2003, Rennie Collection, Vancouver:


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