University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism

February 5 - April 18, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm

INOVA - Institute of Visual Arts
2155 North Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Spatial CitySpatial City, the first exhibition in the United States of artwork drawn from France’s network of Regional Contemporary Art Funds (Frac), brings together an international, multi-generational array of contemporary artists whose work contends with utopian thinking and the idealism and cynicism it inspires.

If idealism can be seen as having a structure—an architecture, because it is a made thing— we can imagine it as a more or less dialectical engine moving between poles of optimism and cynicism. While the theoretical architecture of Yona Friedman (b. 1923), particularly his “utopia realizable,” was the inspiration for the show’s framework, architecture informs this art exhibition not as a practice but as a way of regarding the world. Artists in the exhibition are responding to the complex problems of postwar society: the failed utopian social experiments that resulted in the dehumanizing conditions of Brutalist architecture, the rise and fall of totalitarian states, the tensions resulting from post-colonial immigration, and the destruction of the environment in the name of progress.

Lida Abdul, Élisabeth Ballet, Yves Bélorgey, Berdaguer & Péjus, Monica Bonvicini, Jeff Carter, Maurizio Cattelan, Jordi Colomer, François Dallegret, Peter Downsbrough, Philippe Durand, Jimmie Durham, Simon Faithfull, Didier Fuiza Faustino, Cao Fei, Robert Filliou, Martha Friedman, Yona Friedman, Dora Garcia, Séverine Hubard, Stefan Kern, Bertrand Lamarche, Vincent Lamouroux, Didier Marcel, François Morellet, Sarah Morris, Juan Muñoz, Stéphanie Nava, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Ramette, Kristina Solomoukha, Tatiana Trouvé, Marie Voignier, herman de vries, Stephen Wetzel, Raphaël Zarka

Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comté, Haute-Normandie, Ile-deFrance/Le Plateau, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limou¬sin, Lorraine, Nord-Pas de Calais, Pays de la Loire, PoitouCharentes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Réunion, and Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes.

Rotating video programs
INOVA screening room

Artist-in-residence Kristina Solomoukha offers two free public lectures:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7 pm
Artists Now! Lecture Series: Shedding Identity
Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm
School of Architecture and Urban Planning Lecture Series:
Travel Song Lyrics
Architecture and Urban Planning Building
Room 170, 2131 E. Hartford Ave.

Festival of Films in French
February 5-14, 2010
UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Opening night screening (8 pm):
Jean Becker’s Dialogue avec mon jardinier (2007)