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New Media Series: Shimon Attie
March 24—June 25, 2017
Gallery 301, Main Building
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Video still from the video The Crossing by Shimon Attie

Shimon Attie, American, born 1957; The Crossing (video still), Shimon Attie, 2017; Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY © Shimon Attie
Artist Shimon Attie's film The Crossing opens in an empty former casino with several gamblers sitting around a slowly-spinning roulette table. The casino is quiet and the players hold static poses. Each places a bet and then, one by one, the gamblers disappear from the table. At the end of the film, a single player remains.

The gamblers are played not by traditional actors, but by Syrian refugees. At the time of production, the refugees had recently arrived in Europe, some having crossed the Mediterranean Sea on rafts. While the game is played, the sounds of wind and water can be heard in the background, a constant reminder of the life-threatening journey refugees undertake to reach Europe. According to Attie, "The Crossing reflects the extraordinary risks migrants are forced to take in times of crisis, literally gambling for their lives."

Attie is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship, which includes a residency at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and the Currents exhibition at the Museum, which is on view concurrently in Gallery 210, Main Building. The Crossingis the latest installment in the Museum's New Media Series and will be the film's public debut.

New Media Series: Shimon Attie is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.

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Lectures

Sites Unseen
Thursday, March 30th, 7 pm
Shimon Attie, Artist
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Room 103
Hosted by the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Art History and Archeology

Artist Talk: Shimon Attie
Friday, March 31st, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
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Shimon Attie creates site-specific, multimedia works that shine a light on what has been lost, buried, or forgotten. In Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck), Attie creates an immersive multimedia environment that draws inspiration from St. Louis’ location on the Mississippi River and the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Attie will discuss this site-specific installation and his artistic practice.

Symposium

Panel discussion: Locating / Subverting the Archive
Saturday, April 1, 10:30 am-noon
Steinberg Auditorium, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
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As part of the ARCHIVE Symposium, Shimon Attie joins a panel discussion exploring methods of documenting, projecting, collecting, and interpreting as they relate to the archive, considering concepts such as erasure and suppression.

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New Media Series: Shimon Attie is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.