Sixth Annual Bransten Lecture with Lisa Reihana
Lisa Reihana, detail of "in Pursuit of Venus [infected]," 2015–2017. Ultra HD video, color, 7.1 sound, 64 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Artprojects and New Zealand at Venice. With support of Creative New Zealand and NZ at Venice Patrons and Partners
Join us in the Koret Auditorium for our sixth annual Bransten Lecture with artist Lisa Reihana as we take an in-depth look at in Pursuit of Venus [infected].
Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected]—a recent acquisition by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—is exhibited for the first time in the continental United States.
The extraordinary 70-foot-long video, animating Reihana’s representation of eighteenth-century views of the Pacific Islands, is presented with the historic French wallpaper on which it is based—Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (Native Peoples of the South Pacific), 1804–1805—plus an eighteenth-century folio with engravings of scenes from Captain James Cook’s travels in the Pacific Ocean, both also from the Museums’ holdings.
Reihana reimagines the wallpaper as a vast digital scroll that moves through live-action vignettes placed within an idealized background inspired by the original wallpaper, and asks viewers, “Who tells the story and how do images, past and present, shape our understanding of history?” Reihana has revised the narrative to critique notions about Pacific culture and history that originated with the European voyages of exploration during the eighteenth-century Age of Enlightenment and persist even today.
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