Bemis Reboot

Art Center reopens with chance to view two shows cut short by COVID


Claudia Wieser: Generations; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (installation view); 2020. Photo: Colin Conces.

On the eve of opening its spring 2020 exhibitions, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art announced its closure due to the pandemic. Installed and ready for their public debut, both Claudia Wieser: Generations and Liz Schulman: The Gobernment have languished in the dark until now, as the center has announced their availability to view in person under new guidelines through August 15.

Berlin-based Wieser has created a complete modernist-inflected environment for her exhibition. Mirrored sculptures, delicate colored pencil and gold leaf drawings, and refined wood sculptures enhanced with media such as metal leaf, paint and ink inhabit the gallery.

Walls are lined with bold new wallpaper designed by Wieser, collaged from her extensive image archive of historic to contemporary art and culture. The resulting staged space asks viewers to find themselves through the extended experience of looking.

Liv Schulman; Partial view of the exhibition The Gobernment, 2020; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE;Courtesy of the artist and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Photo: Colin Conces.

Argentinian artist Schulman is based in France, where her video-installation work The Gobernment realizes a multi-faceted, quasi-historical narrative framed around the imagined lives and destinies of unconventional and forgotten women artists in Paris during the larger part of the 20th century. With a passion for the fluidity of language, Schulman creates a nonlinear but nonetheless interwoven narrative, whose characters become freed from constrictions of time, place and culture.

Claudia Wieser: Generations and Liv Schulman: The Gobernment are on view until August 15 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S 12th Street. The shows may be seen by appointment only; reservations may be made hourly, Thursdays-Saturdays, 11am-5pm. A related Zoom lecture with Dr. Jasmia Tumbas is scheduled for August 13. For more information on visitation requirements and to make a reservation, visit www.bemiscenter.org.


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