To Name A Few
27 April – 22 June 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Friday, 26 April 7–9 pm
I am sitting here with this feeling, and it is a familiar feeling, and it is my heart.
I am needing to reassure myself that I am not writing this letter to you, that I am
just writing it, simply writing it, simply letting it wander out.
I feel sad. My heart, my chest, what fills my chest, something like the taste of
copper, like sucking on a penny, like licking a 9 volt battery and getting a little
shock. It’s here, a little shock.
It has never been so apparent, the workings of shame embedded in my being so
old and outside, yet all the same my own deep thing to tend to, untangle, air out
And I guess it’s true, now I am writing to you. I am writing to you from me and
also to myself.
But isn’t that a letter?
The linear scroll is scraping against the pavement.
In my delusions I am literally some kind of a hero and that is embarrassing.
What holds the reigns, I think of some force, nameless, shapeless within and
outside this bodily container. Sending signals into outer space and actually
I can tell you the joy of this spring day, the brightness of 4PM light, the spirits
that burst through at this time. It’s almost too much of a drunken feeling to
manage. It’s almost too much.
There is my heart again. You know, I haven’t been able to feel my heart in so
And now I pause, and just stare at my hands, still on the board.
And in this moment I decided this letter is no longer for you, because I know
that you don’t want it.
This letter is for my heart, and I can say anything to my heart.
Right now, I am saying to my heart, I am sorry. I am sorry that I wrapped you up in cotton batting and put you away all tampered down and quiet. I am sorry that I hid you from myself, that I turned away from you while we were sleeping, and on purpose, many times.
I am sorry that I turned away from you, my heart. My beautiful, my tender, my sensitive, my loving, my strong, strong heart. And I am so sorry that I put you to rest so often as to no longer feel anything between my ribs and the sky.
To Name a Few
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2019
26 April – 22 June 2019
David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Recipient of the 2019 Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize
Solo exhibition opens in Fall 2019
Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
...and other such stories
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Cultural Center
19 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
Tanya Leighton is delighted to announce that the Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1977
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Aleksandra Domanović: Untitled (In My Feelings)
14 December 2018 – 24 March 2019, MOCA, Cleveland, Ohio
MOCA Cleveland presents the first major US solo museum exhibition of Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia). This exhibition brings together recent sculptures and a newly commissioned film.
Domanović is widely acclaimed for her work in sculpture, video, photography, and mixed-media. Her research-based practice pays particular attention to the role of specific individuals and historic developments that emerged over the last few decades at the intersections of science and technology, with an emphasis on the underrepresented role of women.
MOCA Cleveland’s exhibition presents two ‘Votive’ sculptures, which are part of an ongoing series that explores the history of genetic engineering, and the current employment of the controversial gene-editing technology CRISPR in both plant and animal life. Her recent solo exhibitions at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2016); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017) featured sculptural and photographic work made as part of her ongoing engagement with the intersection of technology, genetics, and agriculture. Complementing and building from her continued research, the artist presents a new film commissioned for this exhibition that explores the genetic-engineering of cattle for various desirable traits through an experimental fictional lens that explores art historical references and scientific touchpoints.
Also on view are the Belgrade Hand and Minsky Arm, two pioneering pieces of artificial intelligence and prosthetic technology. Presented here for the first time in 20 years outside of their permanent home at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum, these independently-invented artifacts inform and appear regularly in artist Aleksandra Domanović’s sculpture, video, and photography. Click here to read more.
Aleksandra Domanović has had solo exhibitions at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, (2016); Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2015); High Line Art, New York (2015); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2014); SPACE, London (2012); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012), among others.
Selected group exhibitions include, Artificial Tears, MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2017); What People Do For Money: Some Joint Ventures, Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (2015); L'usage des forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014); Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Remote Control, ICA, London (2012); and Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale 4th Edition, Marrakech (2012).
Additional support for Aleksandra Domanovic: untitled (In My Feelings) is provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.
All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members. Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of moCa Cleveland.