683 Main Street, Waltham

On view September 1—October 29, 2016:

David Shrigley (b. 1968, Great Britain)
Start/Finish, 2015
Animation, 1:33 min.
Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; BQ, Berlin and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Over the past two decades, David Shrigley has created a diverse body of work distinguished by its sharp wit and light-hearted absurdity, offering a humorous edge to simple depictions of everyday scenarios and human interactions. His animated video Start/Finish (2015) puts the viewer in the driver’s seat, an open road visible over a dial-laden dashboard and the curve of a steering wheel. The route is unobstructed, without another car in sight, and yet the joyride is punctuated by the appearance of roadside figures, who cry for help as the car speeds past. Start/Finish evokes the format and genre of a video game, and the animation’s title alludes to measured competition. The apparent objective of this contest—to stay the course—might be read as an allegory for our own lives. With dark comedy, Shrigley’s Start/Finish drives us to consider our identities as solo navigators: are we, fueled by self-interest and fixated on the finish line, so unwilling to deviate from the expedient path?

Thursday + Friday, 1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 1 PM


Rosebud aims to activate public engagement with contemporary art through curated exhibitions and programs that revive underutilized properties in the city of Waltham. The project supports the city's long-term goals for economic growth and cultural vibrancy  by attracting new visitors to the neighborhood and inspiring opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and arts-related organizations.

n addition to increasing off-campus awareness of the Rose and expanding our audience, our goal is for Rosebud to serve as a hub from which new ideas might radiate and benefit the people of this community. Rose curatorial interns and the Student Committee of the Rose Art Museum (SCRAM) will be offered the opportunity to design complementary programs and activities for their fellow students and the public.

Rosebud is made possible through the generous support of the Further Forward Foundation and Stephen and Diane Bernardi, Johnson Compounding and Wellness.