Picture
Dervish_1

Cairo, Egypt, photography by John Houck

Artist:  Jennifer Steinkamp
Title:
Dervish
Date: 
2004, 05
Dimensions:
size variable, horizontal: 8 - 12 feet high x 10.6 - 16 feet wide
Equipment: 5000+ lumen projectors, 1 PC computer.
Photo credit: 
Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy Lehmann Maupin.
Exhibition History:

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Lehmann Maupin, New York, photography Robert Wedemeyer

  1. Lehmann Maupin, New York, New York, January 10 - February 14, 2004, exhibited 1, 5, 6, 7.
  2. The Armory Show, 2004, Lehmann Maupin, New York, March 11-15, 2004, exhibited 0.
  3. In Focus: Themes in Photography, Albright-Knox, Buffalo, New York, September, 24 - January 9, 2004, exhibited 1.
  4. Out There: landscape in the New Millennium, MoCA Cleveland, Ohio, curated by Margo A. Crutchfield, May 20 - August 29, 2005, exhibited 14.
  5. Decelerate, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, curated by Elizabeth Dunbar, December 16, 2005 - February 19, 2006, exhibited 12.
  6. Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid Spain, March 23 - May 4, 2006, exhibited 10, 12.
  7. Looking Now, 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, April 1 - September, 2006, exhibited 3.
  8. Second Natures, Edythe L. and Eli Broad Art Center, UCLA, curated by Christiane Paul, September 14 - October 26, 2006, exhibited 4, 10, 12.
  9. Jennifer Steinkamp: Dervish, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming, September 16 - December 22, 2006, exhibited 4.
  10. ARCO, Madrid, Spain, Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain, February 15 - 19, 2007, exhibited 10.
  11. 2008-2009 Exhibition, The Martin Margulies Collection at the WAREhouse, Miami, Florida, curated by Katherine Hinds, November 15, 2008 - April 25, 2009, exhibited 2.
  12. All of This is Melting Away, Royal/T, Culver City, California, curated by Jay Sanders, August 14 - December 31, 2008, exhibited 0.
  13. The 11th Cairo International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt, curated by Kimberli Meyer, MAK Center, December 20, 2008 - February 20, 2009, exhibited 1, 8, 9.
  14. Jennifer Steinkamp. Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain, September 16 - November 22, 2009, exhibited 8.
  15. Transparency and Trans-formations in Contemporary American Art, Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Stockholm, 2010, curated by Alice Gray Stites, April 16, 2010 - June, 2011, exhibited 3.
  16. Videosphere: A New Generation, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, curated by Holly E. Hughes, July 1 - October 9, 2011, exhibited 1.

Description: Dervish consists of four high definition projections of individual trees with twirling branches. This was inspired by a ritual practiced by the priests, or dervishes, of the Mevlavi sect of Islam. In the midst of a trance, the dervishes whirl in a motion symbolizing the soul's release from earthly ties and communication with the divine. The movement of the branches contains elements of both control and lawlessness -- while the whirling motion of the trees is fanciful and seemingly enchanted, the movement is limited by the roots of the trees.
Part of the Collections:
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, Dervish 10.
21 C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, Dervish 3
The West Collection, Paoli, Pennsylvania, Dervish 14.
Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany. Dervish 14
Martin Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida. Dervish 2
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio. Dervish 9
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Dervish 1

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