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The San Jose Museum of Art will present an exhibition of work by Diana Al-Hadid from February 24 through September 24, 2017. Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City will showcase Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders (2012). Also on view will be related works by the Syrian-American artist as well as source materials, including the landmark 1748 map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli (1701–56).





 




















 





























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Diana Al-Hadid, Liquid City

The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose (USA)

24.02 - 24.09.2017


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Nolli’s Orders, a multi-tiered 13-foot-high sculpture, will anchor SJMA’s central skylight gallery like a baroque fountain in a Roman Piazza. Its title refers to Nolli’s Nuova pianta di Roma [New Map of Rome] (1748), the first map of its kind to show the both the public and private spaces of the city. Fascinated by such boundaries, Al-Hadid draws on a variety of art-historical and scientific references to explore the spaces between the real and imagined, interior and exterior, two-dimensional mark-making and three-dimensional sculpture, the ruin and the not-yet-completed. In a uniquely improvised process, she manipulates everyday materials of polymer gypsum (a polymer-modified plaster), fiberglass, and tin foil to form, in her words, “impossible architectures.” Though the rough surface suggests erosion, the process is in fact entirely additive: she builds up of layers of paint and polymer gypsum strengthened with steel.


“One of the things that makes Diana’s work so rich is the breadth and diversity of sources that she draws from, lifting and recombining elements from cartography, art history, and architecture in her own, idiosyncratic way,” said Lauren Schell Dickens, curator. “Her work reflects a sense of irresolution, uncertainty, and imagination that really resonates with the world today,”

The exhibition will open on Thursday, February 23, with a lecture by Al-Hadid at 7pm, followed by an opening reception from 8 to 9pm. Liquid City is accompanied by a 12-page illustrated brochure featuring an essay by Dickens.


Liquid City is organized by Lauren Schell Dickens, curator, San Jose Museum of Art. The exhibition is sponsored by the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Tad and Jackson Freese and Wanda Kownacki.














 







Exhibition 24 February -24 September 2017. San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street - San Jose, California 95113 (United States of America). T +1 408 271 6840. Hours: Tuesday–SHunday 11am–5pm.












 





 



























 





 











Diana Al-Hadid, Liquid City, The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2017. All Rights Reserved

Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli's Orders, 2012. Steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, plaster, aluminum foil, and pigment, 156 x 264 x 228 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli's Orders, 2012. Steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, plaster, aluminum foil, and pigment, 156 x 264 x 228 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery.