Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019

“For the last fifty years, artists have explored the hidden operations of power and the symbiotic suspicion between the government and its citizens that haunts Western democracies. Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy will be the first major exhibition to tackle this perennially provocative topic. It will trace the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy.

The first half of the exhibition will comprise works by artists who hew strictly to the public record, uncovering hidden webs of deceit—from the shell corporations of a New York slumlord to vast, interconnected networks encompassing politicians, businessmen, and arms dealers. In the second part, other artists will dive headlong into the fever dreams of the disaffected, creating fantastical works that nevertheless uncover uncomfortable truths in an age of information overload and weakened trust in institutions.”

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Snow Cave

Julie Saul Gallery
New York, NY
November 8 – November 24, 2018

Sarah Anne Johnson will create an installation depicting an ominous cave in which she will enact a performance based on her 2009 House on Fire series in conjunction with the exhibition Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, 1969-2016 at the MET Breuer, opening on September 18. That show includes 70 works by 30 artists including Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Mike Kelley, Cady Noland, Sue Williams, and others. Curated by Doug Eklund and Ian Alteveer, the show is accompanied by a catalogue.

This installation has evolved from Johnson’s House on Fire series that was based on a personal family story. In the 1950s Johnson’s maternal grandmother Velma Orlikow sought treatment for postpartum depression and unwittingly took part in the experiments of CIA funded American Doctor Ewen Cameron at MacGill University. Patients were subjected to a series of mind-control experiments including shock and drug therapies and induced prolonged sleep. The effects were permanently disabling to her, and have had a multigenerational effect on the entire family. In 1979 a class action suit was initiated by a group of nine patients, and was settled out of court in 1988.

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“Pictures for an exhibition: Alone together” at MAC Montreal

By Blouin Artinfo
July 10, 2018

“Alone Together” at MAC Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC Montreal), an installment of pictures for its evolving cycle of exhibitions “Pictures for an Exhibition” brings together works by four Canadian artists — Sarah Anne JohnsonGraeme PattersonJon Rafman, and Jeremy Shaw belonging to the same generation.
Delving on the simple yet complex phrase “Alone Together,” the exhibition explores how one expresses themselves is this era of unparalleled connectivity, where solitude, a necessity to our core being, is scarce.
Sarah Anne Johnson visits a music festival and creates a photographic record of modern-day Dionysian celebrations, collective rituals where social intoxicated freedom replaces social norms. Her work ‘Field Trip’ combines euphoria and psychedelia.”
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