Jill Magid: Closet Drama / MATRIX 237

March 20–June 12, 2011

Jill Magid's recent work explores the intersection of governmental power and current events. For MATRIX, Magid considers a shooting at the Texas State Capitol by Fausto Cardenas in relation to Goethe's Faust, finding in the obvious but ultimately fruitful association similar tragic themes. By turning the gallery into a stage for the reading of Faust, a “closet drama,” the piece engages the larger themes of truth and fiction, language and translation, history and legend, gesture and performance, revelation and redaction, individual and institution.

  • Jill Magid: The Sky From the Capitol Steps, 2010; digital photograph; courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris, New York.

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