Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World Audio Guide Playlist
Narrator: Durham first showed these works at the Whitney, in the 1993 Biennial.
Jimmie Durham: I had a funny studio in Mexico with a bunch of things. So many things looked like either guns or cameras. I saw the two as the same in the sense of they're pointed at you to control you.
Narrator: Durham combined the materials into an allegory of police-state violence and surveillance.
Elisabeth Sussman: Each object has a label, a text.
Narrator: Elisabeth Sussman is Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography.
Elisabeth Sussman: The labels are a range of languages. They're never translated for you, the ones that you can't read the language of, but they’re, as you can see with these objects, they’re appended to the object. They're attached to the objects as if they're supposed to tell you something about the objects, right?
It's the kind of thing that you would see in a museum that would be a remnant of another civilization that the label is going to try to explain to you. You would get a very specific read of the materials, and he's put kinda put these things together so he's defamiliarized the whole system.
Jimmie Durham, I Forgot What I Was Going to Say, 1992. Metal gun parts, yew tree from Ireland, wood dowel, bone, acrylic on canvas, 24 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (62.4 x 67.2 x 6 cm). Collection of Dieter and Birgit Broska
- 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