Single-Channel Catalyst II

  • Jun 3, 2017 – Aug 20, 2017
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery, The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, "Better to have loved and lost than never to
have loved at all", 2014. Black-and-white HD video with sound, 7 min.: 58
sec. (still). Courtesy of the artist and the Kadist Foundation, San

In his video, Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all (2014), Mexican artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda creates a surreal scene: a still life—that traditional artist’s subject of objects on a surface—becomes animated. Playing cards, fruit, and vases move with unexpected buoyancy. Suddenly one sees these objects not as games, food, or containers, but as living things with distinct personalities and individual agency.

In the companion exhibition, Almanza Pereda’s video serves as the catalyst for an installation of artworks from the Weatherspoon’s collection. Each selection features common things—a cup, a shirt, a box. Like the objects in the video, these ordinary items take on poetic meaning when featured as artistic subjects. Collectively, the video, paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures provide an opportunity to pause and reconsider the role of things in our lives. How do we use them? Which do we treasure and which do we discard? What do things mean to us?

The project is organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions.

The Single-Channel Catalyst series is supported by a generous gift from Nancy Rubins in honor of her late husband, Chris Burden.

Related program:

Noon @ the 'Spoon, Public Tour • July 11, 12pm

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.