An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art brings together a group of twelve international artists to examine the recent multidisciplinary turn towards affect by focusing on art works that explore how bodies are shaped, modified, or affected by the intensity of their interaction. Many contemporary artists engage with modes of address and content that is tethered to affect, yet at the same eschew sentimentality and expressivity. The exhibition presents works that variously investigate our intimate relationships with objects; works that act as vehicles for affective engagement or transactions of desire, including objects that carry the traces of things we can’t see but have to trust, intuit, or perceive in ways that are not related to vision or hearing; and works that are engaged with actions of interpersonal care, trust, intimacy, or love.
Artists included are Andrea Büttner, Sophie Calle, Alejandro Cesarco, Jason Dodge, Antonia Hirsch, Félix González-Torres, Jill Magid, Park McArthur, Lisa Tan, Erika Vogt, Susanne Winterling, and Anicka Yi.
An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed and Terry & Rick Stone. An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art is generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR Boston’s NPR News Station.
General operating support is provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Office of the Associate Provost at MIT, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.