Sculpture Center: Tirzah
Location: Long Island City NY, USA
Dates: 29 October 2022 – 27 February 2023
Curator: Sohrab Mohebbi
SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Tirzah, an exhibition of the British musician’s music video output installed in an immersive video and audio environment across SculptureCenter’s lower-level spaces.
These videos, shot by friends and collaborators to accompany Tirzah’s understated but affecting melodies and warm electronic production, sometimes center the artist and others as performers, but just as often open a window onto the community around her music. In one example, Hive Mind, a ten-minute video marks backstage parties and moments of transition between the tour for Tirzah’s album Devotion (2018) and the release of Colourgrade in 2021.
The presentation at SculptureCenter marks the first exhibition of these videos and reflects a range of relationships to Tirzah’s music, including a kind of institutional and artistic fandom for a creative activity that is built around emotional lyricism, subtlety, and wide distribution via YouTube and other media channels.
The exhibition is designed by artist Shahryar Nashat and includes videos directed by Grant Armour, Akinola Davies, Mica Levi, Fleur Melbourn, Hannah Perry, Rebecca Salvadori, Leah Walker, and Tirzah. Writer Bruce Hainley has contributed a new text to accompany the exhibition, available on-site in a takeaway brochure designed by Fleur Melbourn.
Tirzah is a singer and songwriter based in South London. Her two critically acclaimed studio albums, both produced by close friend Mica Levi, were released by Domino in 2018 and 2021. In 2022 Tirzah embarked on headline tours of the UK, Europe, and North America.
Shahryar Nashat is a visual artist. He has had exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; and Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin.
Tirzah is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Director; Kyle Dancewicz, Deputy Director; and Christopher Aque, Exhibition & Program Manager.