After presentations at the Berkeley Museum of Art, LAXART, and the Whitney Biennial, Zarouhie Abdalian returns to her hometown with a solo exhibition.
Including sound works, sculpture, and two-dimensional engravings as well as film, Abdalian uses a minimalist vocabulary to examine a subject defined by scarcity—of opportunity and agency. Operating in the tradition of found object, Abdalian foregrounds the tools and the traces of labor. The exhibition will include works from the last decade as well as newly commissioned pieces.
As part of this exhibition, the CAC will present an evening of performance—directed by Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosensweig. Part musical theater, part chamber music—the performance, including 12 instrumentalists playing both traditional and ‘created’ instruments, will build towards the presentation of American composer Frederic Rzewski’s “The Price of
Oil,” which made its premiere in Amsterdam in 1980.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Azby Fund, Sydney & Walda Besthoff, The Helis Foundation, Kaitlyn & Mike Krieger and the Visual Arts Exhibition Fund. Performance support is provided by Kaitlyn & Mike Krieger and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
This exhibition is also supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans, as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.