Curated by A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator
MOCA Cleveland presents the first major US solo museum exhibition of Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia). This exhibition brings together recent sculptures and a newly commissioned film.
Domanović is widely acclaimed for her work in sculpture, video, photography, and mixed-media. Her research-based practice pays particular attention to the role of specific individuals and historic developments that emerged over the last few decades at the intersections of science and technology, with an emphasis on the underrepresented role of women.
MOCA Cleveland’s exhibition presents two ‘Votive’ sculptures, which are part of an ongoing series that explores the history of genetic engineering, and the current employment of the controversial gene-editing technology CRISPR in both plant and animal life. Her recent solo exhibitions at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2016); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017) featured sculptural and photographic work made as part of her ongoing engagement with the intersection of technology, genetics, and agriculture. Complementing and building from her continued research, the artist presents a new film commissioned for this exhibition that explores the genetic-engineering of cattle for various desirable traits through an experimental fictional lens that explores art historical references and scientific touchpoints.
Also on view are the Belgrade Hand and Minsky Arm, two pioneering pieces of artificial intelligence and prosthetic technology. Presented here for the first time in 20 years outside of their permanent home at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum, these independently-invented artifacts inform and appear regularly in artist Aleksandra Domanović’s sculpture, video, and photography. Click here to read more.
Aleksandra Domanović has had solo exhibitions at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, (2016); Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2015); High Line Art, New York (2015); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2014); SPACE, London (2012); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012), among others.
Selected group exhibitions include, Artificial Tears, MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2017); What People Do For Money: Some Joint Ventures, Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (2015); L'usage des forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014); Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Remote Control, ICA, London (2012); and Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale 4th Edition, Marrakech (2012).
Additional support for Aleksandra Domanovic: untitled (In My Feelings) is provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.
All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members. Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of moCa Cleveland.