Right Brain Problems


Through the Roadblocks – Heidelberg

The group exhibition Right Brain Problems links the first European, institutional solo exhibition of Stuart Sherman with contemporary artists, which are connected to his work in various ways.

The American performer and filmmaker Stuart Sherman (1945-2001) was part of the avant-garde scene of artists, theatre – and filmmakers in New York in the 1970s and 80s. He presented his art – small-scaled, obsessive and headstrong – mostly in places beyond the art establishment.

An important part of his artistic work form Sherman’s short performances the so-called “Spectacles”. During these performances, he set up everyday objects in new constellations on a camping table and thereby opened references to genres like comedy, magic, musicals, minimalism, surrealism, fluxus and opera. Though small in presentation, Sherman discussed in the Spectacles extensive topics like time, language, eroticism or identity. The Heidelberger Kunstverein shows with Right Brain Problems for the first time in Europe, an overview of the cinematic and performative works of Sherman as well as a comprehensive selection of his drawings and sketches.

Even though, almost all of his short films are part of the collection of the MoMa in New York, Sherman has received little public attention after his death. An exception was the retrospective exhibition “Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing”, curated by friends of Sherman in 2009 in New York. Next to a comprehensive overview of Stuart Sherman’s art, the Heidelberger Kunstverein will present works of Serge Baghdassarians and Boris Baltschun (1972/1974), Christine Lemke (1967), Babette Mangolte (1941), Anahita Razmi (1981) and Olivier Toulemonde (1972), who either worked together with Sherman such as Babette Mangolte or whose works have several references to Sherman’s way of thinking, his humour and his self understanding as an artist.

The opening of the exhibition will feature an improvisation by Fletcher DuBois.

Concept: Susanne Weiß and Lena Ziese

The exhibition was developed within the framework of the project “Through the Roadblocks” (2010 – 2013) initiated and co-organized by NeMe and its collaborating partners. The project was partially funded by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Susanne Weiß and Lena Ziese presented their curatorial concept paper at the parallel Conference, Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion, 24th November, 2012 at the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.