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TIME TUNNEL: BRUCE NAUMAN'S CORRIDOR INSTALLATION
Start Date: 1/30/2018 All Day
End Date: 2/23/2018

Event Description:
TIME TUNNEL: BRUCE NAUMAN'S CORRIDOR INSTALLATION WITH MIRROR - SAN JOSE INSTALLATION

From January 30 to February 23, 2018 Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror - San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) will be on view in the gallery where it was first built and installed at San José State College in May 1970. Today this gallery is much as it was when Nauman installed his V-shaped corridor in its far corner, and viewers will have the unique opportunity to experience this artwork as the artist first conceived it.

Interviews, installation photographs, and drawings provide information about the somatic experience this installation makes possible. In a video interview with Nauman conducted by Willoughby Sharp on-site in 1970 a number of mysterious reflections are discussed occurring inside the corridor. Yet, what exactly a viewer sees and experiences in the corridor remains uncertain, even today. While these questions may be answered once the work is built and placed in the gallery we also know that a reinstallation is never the same. Nor did Nauman intend the first instantiation of this corridor to be the “original.” It is this variability in the face of the curatorial team’s desire to install this corridor as intended that makes this an exciting and uncertain enterprise.

A virtual reality corridor will also be installed in an adjacent gallery, the Theta Belcher Gallery, providing a contemporary rendering of the corridor in the language of digital media. The construction of a VR corridor is testament to the changes that have occurred in the San José area. While little has changed in the gallery, everything has changed around it. The city of San José has grown exponentially; San José College is now a University; the art department gallery is endowed; and installation art—of which Nauman is a pioneer—has developed into a recognized art practice. The erection of this corridor in 2018 speaks to these changes, as well as the role of public education in the development of installation art and the influence of Silicon Valley. The exhibition “Time Tunnel: Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror - San Jose Installation” delineates our relationship to time and place in these and other ways. This is its lure at least. It invites us to enter the corridor and look back at ourselves looking.

In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, a panel composed of the curatorial team will be held in Art #133 on January 30, 5:00pm-6:00pm. This panel and the following opening reception, held immediately afterward in the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery 6:00pm-7:30pm, are free and open to the public. Bruce Nauman's Corridor Installation with Mirror - San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) is on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

For more information, please visit Gallery.sjsu.edu.
Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus - Art Building
Contact Information:
Name: SJSU Art Gallery Office
Phone: 408.924.4330
Email: Gallery@sjsu.edu
Additional Information
Free and open to the public.

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