Wednesday 05/25/16 7PM
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Cally Spooner: A Lecture On False Tears and Outsourcing

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Cally Spooner, Baby I Got Better Things To Be Doing With My Time, 2014 (still). Eight 4K Ultra HD commercials; durations between :30 sec and 2 min. Commissioned by Frieze Projects, London; and High Line Art. Courtesy Frieze Projects, London; and Friends of the High Line

Join us for an evening with artist Cally Spooner, featuring a new performance lecture presented by Spooner that has been conceived for this event.

This lecture is part of the New Museum’s presentation of “On False Tears and Outsourcing,” an iteration of Spooner’s long-term project of the same name, which was initiated at Vleeshal Markt, Middelburg, the Netherlands, in 2015. A starting point for the project is Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel Madame Bovary, in which Emma Bovary’s lover signs his farewell letter to her with a false tear, a drop of water. Spooner takes this passage and builds on its fiction to examine expanded definitions of outsourcing today. Considering the production of affect, the contradictions faced by hired bodies, and the dynamics of using or being used as a human resource, “On False Tears and Outsourcing” stages situations in which a heightened demand for communication drives the delegation of personal investment to ready-made languages, gestures, and protocols.

Cally Spooner was born in Ascot, UK, in 1983 and lives and works in London. Her recent solo exhibitions include “And You Were Wonderful, On Stage” at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); “On False Tears and Outsourcing” at Vleeshal Markt, Middelburg, the Netherlands (2015); and “The Anti-Climax Climax” at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany (2015). Her recent live productions have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2014); Tate Britain, London (2014); the High Line, New York (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); and Performa 13, New York (2013). Spooner’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum (2015); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2015); Frieze Projects, London (2015); Kunstverein München (2014); Frieze Projects, New York (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012). She is a 2013 recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award and the author of the novel Collapsing in Parts, published by Mousse in 2013.


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Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and community programs for the spring shows are supported, in part, by American Chai Trust.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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