Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World Audio Guide Playlist
Jimmie Durham: I've always loved comedy as a way of fighting, and comedy as a way of disrupting. I like it very much. The transition from politics to art and art to politics never stops, and it is a constant in my life.
Narrator: That’s artist Jimmie Durham. As we explore this retrospective exhibition, we’ll encounter all of these things: art, politics, and a good deal of humor. Feel free to begin looking at the works nearby as you listen to this introduction.
Durham attended art school in Geneva in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But for most of the 1970s, he focused his energies on politics. He worked for the American Indian Movement, an organization that fights for Native American Civil Rights. When he returned to making art in the 1980s, a lot of his work exposed, and mocked, stereotypes that White settlers have imposed on Native Americans for centuries. He left the United States in 1987; living in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and then moving to Europe in 1994. Today, his studios are in Berlin, Germany. As he travels the world, he works with materials that evoke his local context. He pays close attention both to their physical properties, and to their political implications.
- 500 Introduction
- 501 On Loan from the Museum of the American Indian, 1985
- 502 Pocahontas’ Underwear, 1985
- 503 Types of Arrows, 1985/86
- 504 Tlunh Datsi, 1984
- 505 Bedia’s Stirring Wheel, 1985
- 506 Self-Portrait, 1986
- 507 Choose Any Three, 1989
- 508 I Forgot What I Was Going to Say, 1992
- 509 Malinche and Cortez, 1988-1992
- 510 Caliban Codex, 1992
- 511 St. Frigo, 1996
- 512 Something...Perhaps a Fugue or an Elegy, 2005
- 513 Self Portrait Pretending to be a Stone Statue of Myself, 2006
- 514 Works from Wood, Stone and Friends, 2012
- 515 Arc de Triomphe for Personal Use, 1996