Ryan Trecartin’s excellent show with his collaborator Lizzie Fitch, “Any Ever,” will open next week at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, according to an email message from the artists’ gallery, Elizabeth Dee.
The show, we think, is distinctively American, with films that include business meetings devolving into wild dance parties and pre-adolescent beauty queens throwing BlackBerrys into a private swimming pool. It will be interesting to see how this send-up of American ephemera, colloquialism and consumer culture will translate into a European context.
The advertisement for the show, pictured at left, is the same as the cover for Rizzoli’s beautiful monograph on Mr. Trecartin. That book includes an essay by Lauren Cornell, who presented Mr. Trecartin’s film I-Be Area at the New Museum in 2007. In the essay, called “Medium Living,” she writes: “Trecartin’s characters reimagine themselves with the same youthful freedom that Robert Zimmerman did when he changed his name and moved to New York City. As if they were open-source applications, they want to continually generate their own situations and retool their own expressions. It is the American dream of upward mobility reenvisioned, with characters moving sideways, evolving into one another.”
If you missed the show at MoMA PS1 this summer and happen to find yourself in Paris, “Any Ever” will be on view until January 8, 2012.