NOW at the Corcoran: Liz Glynn
In her work, Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn uses objects and actions to address the cyclical nature of history and the ever-shifting relationship we have to our cultural heritage. Using sculpture, large-scale architectural installation, and participatory performance, Glynn engages dense histories using both conceptual and hands-on approaches. For past projects, she has constructed handmade and imperfect replicas of buried Trojan coins, Egyptian contraband, and gold jewelry from pawn shops, and used them in performance to actively engage audiences in reconstructing epic narratives. Glynn draws attention to the historical cycles of empires—built, ruined, and re-built—while opening these narratives up to parallels and possibilities within contemporary life.
For the Corcoran, Glynn will create an installation using works from the Corcoran’s historical collection of 19th-century bronzes, and integrate them with a series of newly-commissioned sculptures. The exhibition will also include a new collaborative sculpture and participatory performances that examines European and Neoclassical influences on America. The project explores ideas of American exceptionalism, and its roots in the Enlightenment tradition.
Liz Glynn received her BA from Harvard College and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. She came to national attention with projects such as The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, a participatory performance reconstructing the rise and fall of the ancient city in a day, presented as part of The Generational: Younger than Jesus at the New Museum 2009, and Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza), a three part installation for Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Recent projects include participation in Doug Atiken’s Station to Station, a nomadic art happening (2013);[de]-lusions of Grandeur, a series of five performances responding to the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013); black box, an eleven night platform for performance and exchange produced by LAXART and the Getty Research Institute as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival, Los Angeles (2012); and Utopia or Oblivion for Performa 11, New York (2011). Glynn’s first solo exhibition with Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, opens in January 2014. Reviews of her projects have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Frieze, Artforum, and others.
This is Glynn’s first solo museum exhibition.