- Contemporary Art at the Gardner
- ExhibitionsCurrent ExhibitionsForthcoming ExhibitionsPast Exhibitions
- Sophie Calle: Last Seen
- Adam Pendleton: Untitled
- Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation
- Stefano Arienti: Wild Carrot
- Luisa Lambri: Portrait
- Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections
- (TAPESTRY) RADIO ON: New Work by Victoria Morton at the Gardner
- Points of View: 20 Years Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner
- Stefano Arienti: Ailanthus
- Danijel Zezelj: Once
- Taro Shinoda: Lunar Reflections
- Su-Mei Tse: Floating Memories
- Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
- Cliff Evans: Empyrean
- Stefano Arienti: The Asian Shore
- Sculpture and Memory: Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani
- Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
- Michele Iodice: A Pagan Feast
- Variations On a Theme by Sol Lewitt and Paula Robison
- Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs
- Dayanita Singh: Chairs
- Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: TV Dinner
- Elaine Reichek: madamimadam
- Joseph Kosuth: Artist, Curator, Collector
- Nari Ward: Episodes: Bus Park & Forevermore
- Manfred Bischoff
- Ackroyd & Harvey: Presence
- Laura Owens
- Denise Marika: New Works by Denise Marika
- Dorit Cypis: The Body in the Picture
- Artists By 2006
Video installation artist Denise Marika has an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and is represented by the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. She has exhibited across the US and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, MASS MoCA, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Worcester Art Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a retrospective at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Works in permanent collections include the Rose Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. She has received grants from the NEA and LEF Foundation among others, and is an associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Art Studio for Interrelated Media.
As an artist in residence, Marika worked in the Museum creating new pieces for an exhibition titled New Works by Denise Marika, her first one-woman show, and the first solo exhibition by an artist from Boston at the Gardner.
Marika created three new works for the exhibition. Animal, a work that was projected onto two white marble columns in the Museum’s East Cloister, transformed a basic architectural element of the Museum into bars of a cage. Standing above, the viewer saw video images of the artist crawling on her hands and knees, back and forth, like a caged animal, a prisoner trapped in a confined space.
Hug, installed in the special exhibition gallery, dealt with the ambiguity of gesture. The two figures in Hug had their arms wrapped around one another, one body encircling the other from behind. As the figures moved across the screen, in this case a foot-high aluminum bar that stretched across the width of the Museum’s exhibition space, their hands circled each other, fumbling. The disturbing multiplicity of meanings within the gesture of a hug raised questions of whether the female figure was being restrained and dominated, both physically and emotionally.
The third piece, Nameless, located in the Museum’s North Cloister, was the unexpected image of people asleep under four benches positioned at the entrance to the courtyard. The pristine image of a cloistered Museum with its atmosphere of a finite, perfect vision became unexpectedly out of focus for visitors. Additionally, Marika met with Museum staff, volunteers, and educators, and led two education programs, one with 20 students from Roxbury Community College, and another with fifteen students from the Tobin After School Program. She returned to the Gardner in 2006 to give a lecture about her work.