DIRGE: Reflections on Life and Death
This catalog was produced on the occasion of MOCA Cleveland’s 2014 exhibition DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death, curated by Megan Lykins Reich, Director of Programs and Associate Curator.
DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death explores how contemporary artists use their individual practices to capture, react to, reflect on, and make sense of mortality. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, video, mixed media installation, and drawing by artists both living and deceased. The works range from reflections on one’s imminent death to expressions of grief, memory, and transcendence. Rather than a study of the forces that cause death, the exhibition investigates mortality to identify and reinforce the most powerful characteristics of life.
Artists in the exhibition include Cecily Brennan, Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, Vija Celmins, TR Ericsson, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Spring Hurlbut, Rosemary Laing, Steve Lambert, Kesang Lamdark, Teresa Margolles, Kris Martin, Matt Mullican, Oscar Muñoz, Takashi Murakami, Mike Nelson, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Pedro Reyes, Dario Robleto, Guido van der Werve, Hannah Wilke, and David Wojnarowicz. The catalog features exhibition documentation, full color plates, reflections from many of the artists, and a critical essay by Lykins Reich.