A two-person exhibition by artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire and composer Alvin Curran. Curated in collaboration with music historian Maxime Guitton, the exhibition includes a new film commission exploring how Curran’s life and work intersects with the radical political movements emerging in Italy, and around the world, during the 1970s.
A live performance by Alvin Curran and a group of Bristol-based art and music students is taking place during the exhibition preview on 24 April.Performance: Alvin Curran
Eric Baudelaire (b. 1973, Salt Lake City, Utah, based in Paris, France) is a visual artist with a research-based practice incorporating photography, printmaking and video. He studied political science at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Recent solo exhibitions include Faire avec, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitanie, Sète, France (2019); Walked the Way Home, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin (2018); The Music of Ramón Raquello and his Orchestra, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2017); The Secession Sessions, BAMPFA, Berkeley (2015); FRMAEOWRK, Fridericianum, Kassel (2014); Now_Then_Here_Elsewhere, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2013); and Hammer Projects: Eric Baudelaire, HAMMER, Los Angeles (2010). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Kunstmuseum Bonn (both 2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); MAXXI, Rome; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (both 2017); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2016); and Raven Row, London (2015). He has participated in the Whitney Biennial (2017); the Front International Cleveland Triennial (2018); Sharjah Biennial (2017); and Biennale de Montréal (2016). His films have circulated widely in film festivals including Locarno, Toronto, New York, FID Marseille and Rotterdam). In 2019 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Alvin Curran (b. 1938, Providence, Rhode Island, based in Rome, Italy) has realised a long and fruitful career as a composer, performer, installation artist, writer, and teacher in the American experimental music tradition. He studied with Ron Nelson, Elliott Carter and Mel Powell, and co-founded the group Musica Elettronica Viva in 1966 in Rome. He has taught at Rome’s National Academy of Theater Arts; Mills College, Oakland and the Mainz Hochschule für Musik, Frankfurt am Main. Recent projects include: Concerto for Bathtub and Orchestra (2017); the disintegrating installation – Pian de Pian Piano (2017); Maritime Rites Rome – for musicians on rowboats (2017); A Banda Larga – a street symphony (2018). He has performed at the Teatro Colon (2017); Big Ears Festival (2017); The New York Armory (2018), and collaborated with poet Clark Coolidge (Other Minds Festival, 2018), pianist Ciro Longobardi, and stage director Achim Freyer (on Der Goldene Topf, 2019). He has published articles in the New York Times, Musiktexte, The Contemporary Music Review, amongst others, and released more than thirty solo and and sixty collaborative recordings. A book about his work, Alvin Curran: Live in Roma (2011), was edited by Daniela Tortora, and in 2015 Curran published the alvin curran fakebook, an illustrated compendium of more than two hundred (mostly) notated pieces. In 1975 he won the Logos Award, in 1995 the Leonardo Award for Excellence, and in 2004 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently a consultant for the American Academy in Rome.
Presented in partnership with CRAC Occitanie and Bristol New Music, and generously supported by Fluxus Art Projects.