Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Last Light), 1993 String of lights, 24 10-watt light bulbs, plastic light sockets, extension cord, and dimmer switch Gift of the artist to Julie Ault, 1993 All photos: Heinz Peter Knes


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Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault is an exhibition of works selected and extended from the collection of Julie Ault. As a founding member of the artists’ collaborative Group Material (1979 –1996), and as artist, curator, writer and editor, Ault’s dense practice and its roots in long-standing engagements with artists are reflected in the unique nature of her collection. Its multiplicity is indicative of an organic process of accumulation, foregrounding the ways in which the gifting and exchange of artworks cements both intellectual and emotional affinities.

Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault navigates the movement of the collection from Ault’s domestic contexts to the public realm. Works that have great personal resonance are placed into a context of communal engagement – the exhibition has been organized by a team of individuals, itself reflecting numerous existing relationships and histories of collaboration, including Julie Ault, Martin Beck, Nikola Dietrich, Heinz Peter Knes, Jason Simon, Scott Cameron Weaver, and Danh Vo. This amplification of dialogues and positions raised by Ault’s practice speaks to the curatorial team’s discursive investigation of the works, their interrelations, and connections between collection, personal history, and collective identity. The collection has been used as a source from which to expand, allowing for the inclusion of works in the exhibition outside of those owned by Ault.

For thirty-five years Julie Ault has engaged in various forms of collaboration and sustained dialogue with fellow artists. The sharing of artworks has marked these discourses, emanating from the address of politics, aesthetics and the social function of art that has structured Ault’s work, and that of many of her contemporaries. The formulation of such a substantial collection constituted largely through gifting and exchange speaks to a circulation of ideas through means alternative to the predominant economy of art mediated by institutions and galleries. In its scope, and encompassing of works produced from varying artistic standpoints, the collection also emphasizes the connectedness of art objects to specific contexts, and as such their mediation between private and public discourse. In the 1980s and early 90s Group Material’s projects similarly collated various cultural objects through “review, selection and critical juxtaposition,” a collective process that emphasized “shared learning and shared ideas.” Crucially this method of working was intent less on “reflecting than on projecting out into the community.” Equally, Julie Ault’s collection is distinct from an archive, instead espousing an active inquiry into culture as proximities described over time.

While the exhibition encompasses and indexes a range of scales and localities of engagement, it is notable in how it emanates from a body of experiences shared in part by a New York-based group of artists, and shaped by the social ruptures that impacted on the Downtown scene in the 1980s and 90s. The cultural climate of this time, when various crises of representation were being addressed head on, exists as a telling bridge between art and politics, a mode of address that courses through Ault’s collection and her affinities with other artists up to the present day.

Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault features work by Vikky Alexander, Martin Beck, James Benning, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Jennifer Bolande, Robert Bordo, Alejandro Cesarco, John Currin, Edward S. Curtis, Moyra Davey, Jeanne Dunning, Thomas Eggerer, Andrea Evans, Steven Evans, Tony Feher, Rev. Howard Finster, Mike Glier, Leon Golub, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Group Material, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Peter Hujar, Michael Jenkins, Sister Corita Kent, Carole Kim, Robert Kinmont, Heinz Peter Knes, Louise Lawler, Mary Lum, Donald Moffett, Stephan Pascher, George Platt-Lynes, Forrest Prince, Rasmus Røhling, Tim Rollins & K.O.S, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Jason Simon, Nancy Spero, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martha Townsend, Danh Vo, Carrie Mae Weems, Martin Wong, and Cerith Wyn Evans.

The public presentation of Julie Ault’s collection began with the exhibition Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel in early 2013, and has since travelled to Culturgest, Lisbon. Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart is accompanied by an extensive film program curated by Jason Simon, and a publication with photographs of the collection as installed and stored “at home” by Heinz Peter Knes including annotations on the works by the curators and texts by Ault and Marvin J. Taylor.

This exhibition is supported by the Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault Exhibition Supporters Circle: Philip Aarons & Shelley Fox Aarons, Carolyn Alexander & Ted Bonin, Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller, Chantal Crousel & Niklas Svennung, Marian Goodman, Jerry Gorovoy, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, José Kuri & Mónica Manzutto, Galerie Lelong, Penny Pilkington & Wendy Olsoff, Andrea Rosen, and Thea Westreich & Ethan Wagner, and Friends of Artists Space.

With additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Film and Video Program at Artists Space Books & Talks and Anthology Film Archives:

December 5, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

Introduction by Robert Buck, former member of Diva TV

Target City Hall, 1989
DIVA TV Collective, 27min

Corita on Teaching and Celebration: We Have No Art, 1967
Baylis Glascock, 26min

Corita on Teaching and Celebration: Mary’s Day, 1964
Baylis Glascock, 12min

December 12, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

On Art and Artists Series. Julie Ault: What Follows…, 1991
University of Colorado, 29min

On Art and Artists Series. Andres Serrano: What Follows…, 1991
University of Colorado, 31min

December 19, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

Introduction by Tim Rollins & Rick Savignon

Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins & K.O.S., 1996
Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, 87min

January 9, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

Introduction by Moyra Davey

Everness, 2008
Alejandro Cesarco, 12min

Fifty Minutes, 2011
Moyra Davey, 50min

January 16, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

Introduction by Kate Horsfield

On Art and Artists Series. Lucy Lippard 1979: An Interview, 1979
Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, 63min 36sec

Nancy Spero: An Interview, 1982
Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, 35min

On Art and Artists Series. Lucy Lippard: What Follows…, 1987
University of Colorado, 18min 25sec

January 23, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

“Untitled” (A Portrait), 1991
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 5min

Memories of Underdevelopment, 1968
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 97min, 35mm

January 30, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks

Introduction by Jason Simon & Sadie Benning

Vera, 2003
Jason Simon, 25 min

In Parts, 2012
Sadie Benning, 28 min

February 6, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

Introduction by Charlie Ahearn

Charlie Ahearn: Artist Portrait Videos (Martin Wong), 2007
Charlie Ahearn, 18min, digital video

Short Eyes, 1977
Robert M. Young, 100min, 35mm

February 13, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

House: After Five Years of Living, 1955
Office of Charles and Ray Eames, 11min

Supersurface: An Alternative Model For Life On The Earth, 1972
Superstudio, 26min

The World of Liberace, 1972
Tony Palmer, 55min

February 20, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

Two Cabins, 2009
James Benning, 30min, digital HD

Nightfall, 2011
James Benning, 97min, digital HD