Marlene McCarty

Into the Weeds

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Marlene McCarty (b. 1957, USA/CH) is hardly an unfamiliar name in Basel. From 1978 to 1983 she studied at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel. After moving to New York in 1983, she worked as the interim director of MoMA’s graphic design department, among other things. Early on, she became a member of the AIDS activism collective Gran Fury, which would draw international attention for its presentation at the 1990 Venice Biennial. Using everyday materials like graphite and ballpoint pens, she examines controversial societal themes ranging from social and sexual inequality or the role of women, through to transbiology. She is a professor at NYU Steinhardt.

The exhibition is McCarty’s most comprehensive presentation in Switzerland to date. In addition to works from recent years, it will present a new project that once again raises striking questions about the distribution of power and knowledge in our society. This project will also see the Kunsthaus collaborating with the Merian Gärten for the first time; Merian Gärten is an institution of the Christoph Merian Stiftung. Here, the interplay between humans and nature, which can be transformed into a cultural commodity through knowledge, understanding, and design, is one of the main connecting threads.

Curator: Ines Goldbach