The Talent Show
December 12, 2010—April 4, 2011
In recent years, television's reality shows and talent competitions have
offered people a conflicted chance at fame, while various kinds of Web-based
social media have pioneered new forms of communication that people increasingly
use to perform their private lives as public theater. During the same period,
governments worldwide have asserted vast new powers of surveillance, placing
unwitting "participants" on an entirely different kind of stage.
Against this backdrop, The Talent Show examines a range of relationships between artists, audiences, and participants that model the competing desires for notoriety and privacy marking our present moment. Ranging from seemingly benevolent partnerships to those that appear to exploit their subjects, many of the works in the exhibition animate the tensions between exhibitionism and voyeurism, and raise challenging ethical questions around issues of authorship, power, and control.
The Talent Show will be on view in the first-floor Main Galleries.
Featured in the exhibition are 18 artists:
The Talent Show is organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and curated by Peter Eleey, Curator of MoMA PS1.
The presentation of the exhibition at MoMA PS1 is made possible by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. The development of the exhibition was made possible by generous support from the David Teiger Foundation and Ann M. Hatch.