Curious Crystal of Unusual Purity

June 27–October 3, 2004

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents an exhibition based on the idea of a Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities, with more than 100 works by 35 artists. The curators set out on an adventure/experiment, with no other goal than to encounter many strange and beautiful objects and bring them back for others to examine. The title of the exhibition, taken from a song recorded by Bridget St. John in 1969, influenced their choices. The show took shape organically, forming over time and with many facets: each work a world of its own.

Artists included are Lisa Beck, Carol Bove, Matthew Brannon, Sebastiaan Bremer, Mary Brogger, Alex Brown, Bruce Conner, Bjorn Copeland, Darinka Jeff Davis, Jeremy Davis,  Steve Di Benedetto, Trisha Donnelly, Jim Drain, Mark Dwinell, Amy Gartrell, Joanne Greenbaum, Erik Hanson, Peter Huttinger, Jutta Koether, Christopher Lucas, Billy Miller, Christopher Myers, Ara Peterson, Adrian Piper, Joe Scanlan, Michelle Segre, David Shaw, Harry Smith, Stephen Sprott, Barbara Sullivan, Fred Tomaselli, John Tremblay, Kelley Walker, B. Wurtz, and Peter Young.

Bridget St. John, the No-Neck Blues Band, and White Magic are scheduled to perform at the opening.

  • Christopher Myers
    Nail Shirt (2003)
    Nails, shirt
    32 x 20 x 7 in.
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Barbara Sullivan
    Untitled (1991)
    Acrylic on board
    30 x 36 in.
    Courtesy of the artist


This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Bob Nickas and guest curator Steve Lafreniere.