at MoMA through March 5, 2017
MoMA PS1 presents the first comprehensive survey in the United States of the pioneering British artist Mark Leckey, and the largest exhibition of his work to date. Since coming to prominence in the late 1990s, Lecky’s dynamic and varied practice has combined formal experimentation with pointed explorations of class and history. His art has addressed the radical effect of technology on popular culture and art, and given form to the transition from analog to digital culture, powerfully influencing younger generations of artists. Occupying two floors of MoMA PS1, the exhibition brings together major bodies of Leckey’s work, including a broad array of video works and sculptural installations alongside new pieces made specifically for the exhibition. Among the highlights will be Leckey’s breakthrough film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which uses sampled footage to trace dance subcultures in British nightclubs from the 1970s to 1990s; a selection of the artist’s Sound System sculptures (2001–12), functioning stacks of audio speakers that recall those used in street parties in London; his pedagogical lecture performances; GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (2010), a video and installation that considers “smart” objects and our increasingly technological environment; and a new iteration of the installation UniAddDumThs (2014), which Leckey created as a “copy” of a touring exhibition that he had curated the year before.
The exhibition will also feature a newly expanded presentation of Dream English Kid 1964–1999 AD (2015), an autobiography told through what the artist calls “found memories” that have been compiled from sources like archival television clips, YouTube videos, and eBay ephemera, as well as meticulous reconstructions of specific memories using props and models. Combining deeply personal and popular subjects, this amalgamation of media allows Leckey to investigate the pivotal moments in technology and culture that have occurred in his lifetime.