in scope, The Puppet Show brings together contemporary
artworks in a variety of media that explore the imagery of puppets.
From actual puppets, to works that evoke topics associated with
puppetry and others that introduce new variations to this historical
and global form of theater, The Puppet Show features works
that are, in various ways, movable and/or moving objects that perform
as alter-egos for the artist or as human surrogates—often
with wicked good humor.
include Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan,
Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terrence Gower, The Handspring Puppet
Company, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William
Kentridge, Cindy Loehr, Annette Messager, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican,
Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija,
Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner and Michael Smith, Kiki Smith, Survival
Research Laboratory, Kara Walker, and Charlie White.
Oppenheim, Theme for a Major Hit, 1974, motor driven marionettes.
wood, cloth, felt, soundtrack, tape player, and external speakers,
dimensions variable. © Dennis Oppenheim, courtesy MCAH.