December 9, 2023–April 28, 2024
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
This exhibition is the first solo presentation of Jordan Wolfson’s work in Australia and features the world premiere of Body Sculpture (2017–23), a recent major acquisition by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Body Sculpture is a new animatronic work that combines sculpture and performance to generate emotional and physical responses in the viewer. It will be shown alongside a selection of earlier works by the artist, providing an overview of Wolfson’s practice, which probes difficult, often controversial topics and themes that underlie American culture and contemporary society.
Sean Sprague, Jordan Wolfson, 2020 © Sean Sprague
Meisterwerke Der Sammlung Frieder Burda Im Dialog Mit Künstlichen Wesen
December 10, 2022–April 30, 2023
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Masterpieces of the Frieder Burda Collection in Dialogue with Artificial Beings, offers visitors the opportunity to meet artist-made avatars—human machines that are able to move, talk, and learn—and observe the richness of their movements, language, and responses. By juxtaposing these beings with key works from the museum’s collection, Transformers aims to create multidimensional experiences that reflect our increasingly artificially transformed world. Work by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and Jordan Wolfson is included.
Jordan Wolfson, Female Figure, 2014 © Jordan Wolfson. Photo: Markus Tretter, Kunsthaus Bregenz
October 12–December 23, 2022
Brant Foundation Art Study Center, New York
Housed within a new artwork-specific room, this exhibition presents Jordan Wolfson’s decade-defining sculpture Female Figure (2014), in which the animatronic form of a woman dressed in a negligee, boots, and witch mask dances seductively while speaking in the artist’s voice. Through the use of facial recognition technology, this work is able to meet the viewer’s gaze, reflecting the invasive character of surveillance, objectification, and control.
Jordan Wolfson, Female Figure, 2014 © Jordan Wolfson
July 16–October 9, 2022
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
Jordan Wolfson is known for powerful and unsettling works in a range of mediums and formats that interrogate the conditions of art, technology, and mass media in contemporary life. Wolfson commandeers his motifs from the gaming industry, the Internet, comic strips, and facial recognition software. His works are anything but accommodating, his questions discomforting. This exhibition explores the questions, How are imagery and information processed? How do technologies infiltrate our thoughts and perceptions? What is our approach to such issues as sexism, racism, and homophobia? What are our fears doing to us?
Installation view, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, July 16–October 9, 2022. Artwork © Jordan Wolfson. Photo: Markus Tretter
November 30, 2016–August 25, 2017
Rubell Museum, Miami
High Anxiety: New Acquisitions presents a selection of artworks by thirty-two artists acquired by the museum since 2014, many of which explore polarizing social and political concerns through a broad spectrum of practices. In gauging the output and energies of these artists we find creative currents that speak to our shared state of uncertainty, nervousness, and pessimism. Work by Harold Ancart, Cy Gavin, and Jordan Wolfson is included.
Installation view, High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Museum, Miami, November 30, 2016–August 25, 2017. Artwork © Cy Gavin. Photo: Chi Lam, courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami
Whitney Biennial 2017
March 17–June 11, 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Whitney Biennial was established in 1932 by the museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, to chart developments in art in the United States. The 2017 edition arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge the viewer to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design. Work by Deana Lawson and Jordan Wolfson is included.
Deana Lawson, Ring Bearer, 2016 © Deana Lawson