Rosebud to feature videos from Rose Art Museum collection this summer

The satellite gallery on Main Street in Waltham will showcase three videos by Robin Rhode, Kate Gilmore and Doug Aitken.

Doug Aitken, Autumn, 1994, Video, 7 1:2 minutes. Gift of Peter Norton.

While the Rose Art Museum is preparing for its Fall season, Rosebud, the museum’s satellite gallery on Main Street in Waltham, will showcase a series of videos from the Rose’s collection this Summer.

Rosebud, which opened in the fall of 2015 in a storefront at 683 Main Street, aims to activate public engagement with contemporary art through curated exhibitions and programs, including programming designed by Brandeis students. The 2,000 square foot gallery features a space to present videos in the back and a front room for hosting programming, exhibitions and other events. It is open Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following videos will be on display this Summer:

June 16 - July 9

Robin Rhode (South African, b. 1976)

"Untitled/Hondjies," 2001; "See/Saw," 2002; "White Walls," 2002

Blending traditions of graffiti, video, and performance art, the stop motion animation films of Robin Rhode serve to reactivate public spaces in Johannesburg, South Africa. Applying chalk to building walls and strips of pavement, Rhode draws everyday objects such as basketball hoops, trees and bicycles, the lines of which shift and change as performers interact with them. Though composed of playful visual content, these gestural works are steeped in the artist’s early memories of apartheid-era South Africa. “When I was a student,” remarks Rhode, "I realized this kind of very unique situation, how the body devised a way to transcend the socio-political situation.”

Born in 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa, Rhode now splits his time between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Berlin, Germany. He studied at the South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Art in Johannesburg. Rhode’s work has been shown at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Haus der Kunst, and White Cube, and he was featured in the 2005 Venice Biennale.

July 14 - August 6

Kate Gilmore (American, b. 1975)

"Wallflower," 2006-2007

Kate Gilmore’s videos feature the artist confronting absurd obstacles, challenges which are often overcome through acts of destruction. In Wallflower, Gilmore systematically deposits a roomful of furniture and personal belongings through a hole in the floor and into the space below. Simultaneously comical and violent, the work presents an unexpected blend of chaos and order. Performing the physically arduous task in high heels and a sundress, Gilmore addresses the social constructs that continue to be placed on women and gender identity in the 21st century.

Gilmore was born in 1975 in Washington, D.C. and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Her work has been featured at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center. Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, SUNY and lives and works in New York City. 

August 11 - August 27 

Doug Aitken (American, b. 1968) 

"Autumn," 1994

Working in photography, sculpture, video, and installation, Doug Aitken’s artistic practice is interwoven with his experience as a commercial filmmaker and producer. Aitken’s Autumn is composed of footage originally shot for separate music videos; melded into one, the work brings together the actions of three youths to create an experiential portrait from their composite actions. Switching rapidly between segments of aimless wandering—walking, driving, or bicycling through the streets—and expectant waiting, the atmospheric video creates a palpable tension between moments of motion and stasis. Aitken’s non-linear narrative highlights the simultaneously stimulating and alienating nature of the built environment and the complexity of our relationship to it.

Born in 1968 in Redondo Beach, California, Aitken studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and he was the recipient of the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation “electric earth.”

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