Into Me / Out of Me

June 25–September 25, 2006

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Into Me / Out of Me, a group exhibition about the imagined, descriptive, and performative act of the passing into, through, and out of the human body. Spanning over 40 years and featuring an international group of more than 130 artists, the exhibition spans the frameworks of natural science, historical and mythological confrontations, ritualistic practices, and self-exploration. Into Me / Out of Me is on view from June 25 through September 25, 2006.

The body has been a consistent concern of contemporary artists including Marina Abramovic, Chris Burden, VALIE EXPORT, Bruce Nauman, Carolee Schneemann, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, all of whom are represented in the exhibition. From Hannah Wilke's unflinching self-portraits in illness and Matthew Barney's performance-based installation to Cindy Sherman's surreal photographs and Kara Walker's antebellum figures, Into Me / Out of Me examines how artists have explored the physical and psychological boundaries of their bodies and those of others creating images of fragility and strength, illness and suffering, tenderness and violence.      

This presentation focuses on the primordial relationship between the internal and the external in three main chapters: metabolism, sexuality and reproduction, and violence. Into Me / Out of Me brings together explorations and visualizations of these three processes, which deal with the inner and outer surfaces, and the objects and subjects of the physical exchange between the human body and the material world.

The concept of the exhibition was inspired by the curator's conversations with the late author and critic Susan Sontag about artistic approaches that describe and question the human condition.

Into Me / Out of Me is co-organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. It is curated by Klaus Biesenbach, P.S.1 Chief Curator, Curator in the Department of Film and Media at The Museum of Modern Art, and the Founding Director of KW. The exhibition will travel to KW in late 2006. A fully-illustrated publication by KW and P.S.1 will be available in the fall of 2006. On Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m., artist Carolee Schneemann will give a lecture discussing her work and its relationship to the themes of the exhibition. Tickets to the event are free with museum admission.

Into Me / Out of Me Artists include: Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Kenneth Anger, Janine Antoni, Nobuyoshi Araki, Knut Åsdam, Matthew Barney, Otmar Bauer, Lynda Benglis, Anna Berndtson, Nayland Blake, Keith Boadwee, John Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Leigh Bowery, Stan Brakhage, Günter Brus, Chris Burden, Jeff Burton, Patty Chang, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Judy Chicago, Larry Clark, Mat Collishaw, Martin Creed, Gregory Crewdson, Henry Darger, Wim Delvoye, Walter De Maria, Jen DeNike, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Cheryl Donegan, Marcel Dzama, Keith Edmier, Nezaket Ekici, Elmgreen & Dragset, Valie Export, Bob Flanagan, Andrea Fraser, Tom Friedman, Regina Jose Galindo, General Idea, Jean Genet, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Peter Hujar, Mustafa Hulusi, Alfredo Jaar, Patrick Jolley, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Elke Krystufek, Shigeko Kubota, Bruce LaBruce, Sigalit Landau, Maria Lassnig, Manfred Leve, Lee Lozano, Monica Majoli, Piero Manzoni, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Matelli, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paul McCarthy, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Alex McQuilkin, Ana Mendieta, John Miller, Frank Moore, James Morrison, Otto Mühl, Vik Muniz, Tracy Nakayama, Bruce Nauman, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Adi Nes, Hermann Nitsch, Catherine Opie, Orlan, Tony Oursler, Gina Pane, Mike Parr, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, LA Raeven, Pipilotti Rist, Reynold Reynolds, Alexis Rockman, Ugo Rondinone, Aida Ruilova, Ashkan Sahihi, Fumie Sasabuchi, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Cindy Sherman, Andres Serrano, Ann-Sofi Siden, Santiago Sierra, Katharina Sieverding, Lorna Simpson, Barbara Smith, Kiki Smith, Smith/Stewart, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Tony Tasset, Paul Thek, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ulay, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Sue Williams, David Wojnarowicz, Chen Zhen, and Andrea Zittel.


Into Me / Out of Me is made possible by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

The exhibition is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The realization of the project takes place with the friendly support by Dornbracht Culture Projects.