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Talk and Screening: Sarah Morris

Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 6–8 pm


Courtesy the artist
Photo by Jason Schmidt

In anticipation of Sarah Morris’s Chicago in the exhibition CITY SELF, the MCA hosts a preview screening followed by a conversation between Morris and Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete.

About the artist

Sarah Morris is an internationally recognized painter and filmmaker, known for her complex abstractions, which play with architecture and the psychology of urban environments. Morris views her paintings as parallel to her films – both trace urban, social and bureaucratic topologies. In both these media, she explores the psychology of the contemporary city and its architecturally encoded politics. Morris assesses what today’s urban structures, bureaucracies, cities and nations might conceal and surveys how a particular moment can be inscribed and embedded into its visual surfaces. Often, these non-narrative fictional analyses result in studies of conspiratorial power, structures of control, and the mapping of global socio-political networks.

Sarah Morris was born in 1967 in the UK. She studied at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1985–89), and at Jesus College, Cambridge University, UK (1987–88); Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1989–90); and received the American Academy Philip Morris Award, Berlin Prize Fellow (1999-2000) and Joan Mitchell Painting Award (2001-02).

Morris has recently had a solo show ‘Bye Bye Brazil’ at White Cube in London, and has an upcoming solo show ‘Academia Militar’ at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York. Morris has had numerous international solo exhibitions including Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); Musée National Fernand Leger, Biot (2012); Musuem für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2009); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009); Lenbachaus, Munich (2008); Fondation Beyeler, Rienhen/Basel (2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2005); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005); Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen (2004); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2001); Kunsthalle Zürich (2000); and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1999).

Morris currently lives and works in New York and London.


This program is made possible by Emerge, a donor affinity group that supports the education, exhibition, and acquisition programs of the MCA.