Not Again, "Making History" Reimagined

The exhibition reimagined/reinterpreted a former exhibition by American artists Renée Green and Sam Durant: Making History, 1999 curated by Jennifer Dunlop in the same galleryspace at CCS Bard, Annandale on Hudson, NY. As an example of the breakdown of social systems, both artists refered to Kent State Ohio in 1970, where National Guardsmen shot at students protesting the US invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

»In Not Again Andrea van der Straeten has combined her formal study of a handful of archived installation shots with readings of poems by Walt Whitman and the women in the Weather Underground Organization. Subjective description and interpretation supplement the prosaics of the archive. Van der Straeten predominantly focused on Sam Durant’s pieces featured in Making History. Her research into the culture of revolution of the late 60s and 70s in the US echoes some of the concerns of Making History but foregrounds an analysis of language, especially 'scatological rhetoric', a form of dissensual public speech.« (Sarah Demeuse)

The following artworks are part of the overall installation. While the used materials such as paper, furniture and sound refer exactly to the artworks by Sam Durant in his 1999 exhibition the contents and the techniques differ.

Digging out …
tables, mirrors, bookshelf
sound installation 16 minutes, looped
recordings, editing concept: Andrea van der Straeten
editing, sound technic: Michael Schweiger


Is today nothing?
based on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
in situ wall drawings

just a minute / foul! / venom / stickety stick / if you are /
if you are few / rude? / little details

8 lasercuts on paper, based on poems by the women in
the Weather Underground Organization
each 17 x 25,5 inches / 43 x 65 cm

1 drawing
graphite on paper, 13 x 19,5 inches / 33 x 50 cm

6 drawings, graphite on interfolded deli paper,
each 8 x 11 inches / 20,5 x 27 cm

Shooting back with MLK (Martin Luther King)
9 drawings, ink on interfolded deli paper,
each 8 x 11 inches / 20,5 x 27,5 cm

Ohio 1970
12 drawings, graphite, indian ink on paper and
deli paper, various sizes

[Collection Generali Foundation, Museum der Moderne Salzburg]

See also: Not Again, "Making History" Reimagined (Exhibition)