Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean: Dante’s Divine Comedy July 12 -13, 2019, 7:30 pm

On July 12 and 13, the Los Angeles Music Center premieres The Dante Project (Inferno), the first part of a new collaborative project between Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed, commissioned by the London Royal Opera House and set to premiere in its entirety next May 2020.

As Dante’s poem, this new project in three parts is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. On this occasion, an award-winning team of artists collaborates for the first time to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

In anticipation of the Los Angeles Music Center premiere, an artist talk between Tacita Dean and Wayne McGregor will take place at the Hammer Museum, on July 2nd at 7:30 PM.


Tacita Dean: Craneway Event at The Moody Center for the Arts June 1 – July 13, 2019

The Moody Center for the Arts presents “Tacita Dean: Craneway Event”, a 16mm film portrait of the legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Presented on the occasion of Cunningham’s 100th Anniversary in tandem with a worldwide re-consideration of his work, Dean’s film invites the viewer to enter Cunningham’s creative universe, as dancers convene for rehearsal in an abandoned Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California. The architectural space, scaled for cranes, is a dramatic backdrop for the careful observations of both artist and choreographer. Culled from hours of footage, the portrait features Cunningham as a contemplative artist in the twilight of his career, physically diminished by age, yet creatively flourishing through his work.

Known for her film portraits of iconic artists such as Cy Twombly, David Hockney and Mario Merz, Dean presents a visually stunning profile of one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century through the lens of a lush technology. Dean makes a visually compelling case for the preservation and revitalization of 16mm film through her visually stunning depiction of a great artist at work.

The film screens daily at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, from June 1 until July 13, 2019.

A conversation with the artist is scheduled at 2 pm, on June 1st, 2019.

Tacita Dean Featured in Leonard Cohen exhibit at Jewish Museum April 12 - September 8, 2019

Tacita Dean's 16mm film titled "Ear on a Worm" will be included in "Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything" at the Jewish Museum. The exhibition travels from MAC Montréal; the film has not yet been seen in the United States.

Ear on a Worm by Tacita Dean
Artist Talk: Tacita Dean at SFMoMA March 21, 2019, 7 pm

Join artist and filmmaker Tacita Dean for a discussion and a slideshow presentation of her work. This talk is part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, co-presented by California College of the Arts, Pier 24 Photography, and SFMOMA.

Tacita Dean at SFMoMA
Artist's Talk: Tacita Dean at The Getty Center March 9, 2019

In the late 1960s and 1970s, American artists challenged the concept of modern art by creating land art—large-scale, outdoor earthworks—away from urban centers. Related to the theme of the Getty Research Institute's current exhibition Monumentality, this event will screen two 16 mm films: Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) and Charles and Ray Eames's Powers of 10 (1977).

After the screening, curator Frances Terpak will moderate a discussion with writer and activist Lucy Lippard and artists Tacita Dean and Edward Ranney about their own engagement with land art.

Tacita Dean Wins KODAK Film Award February 16, 2019

Marian Goodman Gallery congratulates Tacita Dean, recipient of the KODAK 3rd Annual Film Awards 2019, in the Visual Artist category. Each year, KODAK honors the impact of artists, filmmakers and film industry partners. In 2019, KODAK expanded the awards to recognize more accomplishments in the visual arts, including industry partners in motion picture, still photography and other filmic art categories. ⠀

Tacita Dean Wins KODAK Film Award
Artist Talk: Tacita Dean at The Menil Collection February 12, 2019 6–7 pm

Tacita Dean will discuss how her work in film, photography, and drawing explores poetic possibilities such as the phenomena of passing time and the nature of creative production.

In 2018, Dean became the first artist to have three connected exhibitions across the London institutions of the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts. Her work is held in the Menil Collection as well as many other significant permanent collections.

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Tacita Dean's Film at MOCA Grand Avenue October 14, 2018 – March 11, 2019

Tacita Dean's film, "Presentation Sisters," is featured in the exhibition, “One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art," at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles's Grand Avenue location.

Tacita Dean's "Presentation Sisters"
Exhibition: Tacita Dean at Serralves Museum January 29 – May 5, 2019

The work of Tacita Dean forms part of the history of Serralves’ programming, which began with a solo exhibition in 2002, and continued a year later with the filming of Dean’s work Boots (2003) in the Casa Rosa.

This new exhibition offers Dean another opportunity to show Boots, which was acquired by the Museum, alongside her new ambitious film project Antigone (2018), which premiered in the Royal Academy of Arts with her trilogy of exhibitions which also took place at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London. Antigone has been many years in the making, and the ideas have manifested in other works over the past three decades, most significantly with Boots. This double-screen, 35mm one-hour film is an epic exploration of the artist’s sister’s name Antigone, which features poet and playwright Anne Carson and actor Stephen Dillane. The film project evokes the eponymous mythological figure and her blind and lame father, Oedipus.

The exhibition at Serralves Museum has been able to unite a series of early works that manifest the early thinking behind Antigone. Alongside these works, two of her most recent large-scale blackboard drawings and a multi-part photogravure will also be displayed.

Tacita Dean at Serralves Museum
Exhibition: Tacita Dean at Kunsthaus Bregenz October 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Dean’s extensive exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) will feature some of the artist’s most significant film installations to date – her monumental "FILM," made for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2011, her 16mm films, Merce Cunningham performs "STILLNESS…," 2008, as well as her recent 35mm project, "Antigone," 2018. KUB visitors will also have the opportunity to see Dean’s large-format chalkboard drawing, "The Montafon Letter," 2017, as well as a new blackboard created for the occasion, titled "Chalk Fall," 2018.

The artist will be in conversation with David Claerbout in conjunction with her exhibition. The talk will take place on October 20, 2018, at 11 am. There will be a public reception for the exhibition at 7 pm on October 19, 2018; with the show formally opening to the public on the 20th.

Tacita Dean at Kunsthaus Bregenz
Tacita Dean's "Event for a Stage" at Carnegie International October 13, 2018 – March 25, 2019

Tacita Dean is among the 32 artists and artist collectives participating in the 57th Edition of Carnegie International. The world's second-oldest international contemporary art survey takes place at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dean's "Event for a Stage" will be shown on its opening weekend, October 13, 2018 at 2 pm and October 14, 2018 at 11 am and 2 pm, followed by weekly screenings of the film through March 25, every Monday at 11 am.⠀

Tacita Dean at Carnegie International
The 35th William Townsend Memorial Lecture: Tacita Dean October 4, 2018

Tacita Dean, an alumna of The Slade School of Fine Art, will give the next William Townsend Memorial Lecture at the Christopher Ingold Auditorium in London.

The primary aim of the lecture series is to encourage well known and influential artists to talk about their work to art students and the wider public.

Free but ticket/RSVP essential.

The 35th William Townsend Memorial Lecture: Tacita Dean
Tacita Dean at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens October 3, 2018

Join artist Tacita Dean for a special screening of "Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting (Diptych)" – an intimate study of a flint from Henry Moore’s studio. The work, a 16mm film diptych, was made for Dean’s STILL LIFE show at the National Gallery, part of the unprecedented series of exhibitions LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, at The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy, in which she explores these traditional genres of art.

Tacita Dean at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Tacita Dean at The Fruitmarket Gallery July 7 – September 30, 2018

“Woman with a Red Hat,” the title of the exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, is taken from Tacita Dean’s film, “Event for a Stage,” around which the exhibition pivots.

In the 2015 film, the actor Stephen Dillane acts from a script given to him, page by page, by Dean, seated in the front row of the audience.

The exhibition includes hourly screenings of “Event for a Stage," along with a number of works that examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience.

Tacita Dean at The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Reconfigured Landscape at Centro Botín June 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019

The Reconfigured Landscape, a group exhibition at the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, will host a selection of works from the Botín Foundation collection with works by renowned national and international artists who started creating in the final decades of the 20th century.

Artists such as Leonor Antunes, Lothar Baumgarten, Tacita Dean, and Julie Mehretu reveal the different ways of representing the world around them and offer visitors a historic perspective of the work of the Botín Foundation in the field of the visual arts in the past decade. Most of the pieces have never been exhibited before.

Centro Botín
Tacita Dean: Landscape at Royal Academy May 19 - August 12, 2018

In the newly opened galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts, Tacita Dean will explore “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces will draw you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition will be a major new, experimental 35mm film, Antigone, shown as two simultaneous cinemascope projections.

This is one of three distinct exhibitions to form an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Each show focuses on a genre central to the shaping of the institutions’ collections – LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE – and looks at them through the contemporary prism of Tacita Dean’s artistic practice.

Tacita Dean: Landscape at Royal Academy
Tacita Dean at Centre Pompidou's Cinéma du Réel March 23 - April 21, 2018

Tacita Dean will be the focus of this year’s Cinéma du Réel: In Between section, devoted to contemporary artists working in film,  at the Centre Pompidou. Following the presentations of Shelly Silver (2015), Akram Zaatari (2016), and Vincent Dieutre (2017), this year’s 40th edition will be devoted to Tacita Dean’s 16mm and 35mm films, and will feature screenings of The Uncles (2004), Kodak (2006), Craneway Event (2009), Event for a Stage (2015), among others, as well as some of the artist’s short films, including the 35mm premiere of His Picture in Little (2017) and Providence (2017).

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Tacita Dean at National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and National Gallery, London Spring 2018

In an unprecedented collaboration, three major London galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, will open three distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in spring 2018. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution, will explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery – seen through the contemporary prism of Dean’s wide-ranging artistic practice.

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT, at the National Portrait Gallery, London: 15 March - 28 May 2018
Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE, at the National Gallery, London: 15 March - 28 May 2018
Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 19 May - 12 August 2018

Tacita Dean at National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and National Gallery, London
Tacita Dean’s ‘Day for Night’ at The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Jan. 16 – May 13, 2018

Tacita Dean’s 16mm film ‘Day for Night,’ which features the still life paintings in Giorgio Morandi’s studio, will be presented at The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis from January 16 until May 13, 2018. The work is presented alongside Manetti Shrem’s major exhibition of early works by Wayne Thiebaud. Morandi was a major influence on Thiebaud during this early phase of his career as a painter. “Amidst his objects, which still held the aura of their depiction, I came at last to a decision as to how I could treat them. I filmed them singly, one by one, centered in my frame, and did as Morandi would never have done: made their composition random,” said Dean. 

Tacita Dean’s ‘Day for Night’ at The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Tacita Dean, Crisitina Iglesias and Julie Mehretu at Wexner Center for the Arts May 20 - July 30, 2017

Gray Matters is a multifaceted survey of 37 contemporary women artists working in the surprisingly vibrant space between—and including—black and white. The exhibition is the first organized by Michael Goodson since he assumed the role of Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wex, and the survey enriches a calendar year of programming in which every artist featured in our galleries is a woman.

This exhibition will feature works by Tacita Dean, Cristina Iglesias and Julie Mehretu.