Unstable Places: New in Contemporary Art

June 2, 2014-January 3, 2015

Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art

Artist: Francis Alÿs, Katinka Bock, Bruce Conner, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Omer Fast, Cyprien Gaillard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Annette Lemieux, Klara Lidén, Moshe Ninio, Nira Pereg, Ed Ruscha, Dayanita Singh, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans

Curator: Rita Kersting

Unstable Places approaches the idea of instability – of a site or of a situation – in physical, political, psychological, and existential terms. Experiences of uncertainty and precariousness are affecting society and individual life as never before, and today’s artists reflect upon this in very different ways and mediums. On view here in Jerusalem, a city filled with conflicting convictions, are works by artists at the forefront of contemporary art, acquired with the generous support of friends of the Israel Museum worldwide.

Unstable Places - New in Contemporary Art, exhibition view
Wolfgang TillmansSilver 127, 2013; Dayanita SinghFile Rooms, 2011, Moshe NinioGlass (III), 2011, Katinka BockStone Under the Table, 2009. Photo: Elie Posner

Bruce ConnerCROSSROADS, 1976
35-mm black-and-white film, sound, transferred to high-definition video, 36 mins.'Music by Patrick Gleeson and Terry Riley
Purchase, Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee of American Friends of the Israel Museum, New York, in honor of Suzanne Landau, and the Barbara and Eugene Schwartz Contemporary Art Acquisition Endowment Fund 

Omer Fast, 5,000 Feet Is the Best, 2011
Video, color, sound, 30 mins.
Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel, and Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee of American Friends of the Israel Museum, New York