O c t o b e r 2 1 N ove m b e r 3 0, 2003
I n 2002 French artist Pierre Huyghe received the Hugo Boss Prize,
a biennial international award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Foundation. In announcing the honor Guggenheim director Thomas Krens
said, In Huyghes remarkable work, which involves film,
photography, video, sound, computer animation, sculpture, design,
and architecture, Huyghe examines the narrative structures of popular
culture, investigating the relationships between fiction and reality
and memory and history.
Museum is honored to present Huyghes installation Third
Memory, 1999, which takes as its point of departure a bank robbery
committed by John Woytowicz in Brooklyn in 1972; three years later
the crime became the subject of Sidney Lumets film Dog
Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino. Huyghe tracked down Woytowicz
and asked him to retell the story. Using a two-channel video projection,
a television interview, and posters, Huyghe builds from a first
memory of the original crime to a second memory
with the films recreation of that crime, to arrive at a third
memory, a rich blurring of the documented and the imagined.
Memory is presented courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery,
which represents the artist, and we are grateful to Jeanne Freilich
for her invaluable assistance. The exhibition is supported by Arts
Endowment Funds, co-sponsored by the Virginia
Film Festival and serves as a focal point of its 2003 theme
Huyghe, Third Memory, 1999.
Double projection, beta digital, 9 minutes 46 seconds.
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is
free. Limited parking is available behind the museum. The museum
is handicap accessible. For details about the exhibit and information
about the museum, call (434) 924-3592.