Nov 10, 2011–Jan 29, 2012

Sherrie Levine (b. 1947) has transformed and re-contextualized images and objects in her work since the late 1970s, often presenting them as installations that provide a compelling sense of context. This exhibition, developed as a project by the artist, includes works ranging from well-known photographs, such as After Walker Evans: 1-22, 1981, to recent sculptures, such as Crystal Skull: 1-12, 2010. The exhibition, conceived by the artist as offering constellations of older and newer works, will provide juxtapositions that provoke new associations and responses. The installation will also emphasize the powerfully seductive, tactile nature of Levine’s art, and the complex layers of reference and meaning that unfold between the ostensible sources and Levine’s own work.

An illustrated monograph designed by McCall Associates in collaboration with the artist will be published by the Whitney Museum and distributed by Yale University Press. The catalogue will include a foreword by the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, Adam D. Weinberg, and essays by the exhibition curators, as well as contributions by distinguished art historians Thomas Crow, David Joselit, Maria Loh, and Howard Singerman. A selection of Levine’s writings and statements will also be included.

SHERRIE LEVINE: MAYHEM is curated by Johanna Burton, guest curator, critic, and art historian, and Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, with Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant.

Please note: strollers are not permitted in the SHERRIE LEVINE: MAYHEM exhibition.

Major support for SHERRIE LEVINE: MAYHEM is provided by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Glenstone, Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, and Judith Neisser.

Yamaha Pianos provided courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services, New York.


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Audio guides

This audio guide highlights selected works from the exhibition SHERRIE LEVINE: MAYHEM and features commentary by Johanna Burton, guest curator, critic, and art historian; Thomas Crow, art historian; Richard Flood, chief curator at the New Museum; Howard Singerman, critic and art historian; Carrie Springer, senior curatorial assistant; and Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography.

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Exhibition Brochure

Read an essay by guest curator Johanna Burton and senior curatorial assistant Carrie Springer.


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In the News

 "MAYHEM is named one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the fall season."

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