‘2000 Wasted Years’: Artists Space Details Bernadette Corporation Retrospective

Bernadette Corporation, “only she could be other,” 2011. (Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali)

Soho alternative gallery Artists Space today released some details about its planned fall retrospective of the work of the collective Bernadette Corporation, and it sounds like it is going to be a wonderfully heady affair. For one thing, the show carries the title “Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years.”The news release has more details offer:

Structured by a display architecture common to flagship stores, museum dioramas, and other immersive viewing environments, this exhibition will recast the works authored by Bernadette Corporation since their inception in the early ‘90s.

This is the group’s first-ever retrospective, and it spans from its “origins…in the organization of parties in downtown New York” through to its recent shows—”A Haven for the Soul” at Galerie Neu in Berlin in 2010 and “Stone Soup” at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna in 2011, the latter of which “distilled the communicative capacity of images to a murmur, with its straight-faced promotional campaign of nudity, jewelry and potatoes.”

Artists Space’s curator, Richard Birkett, and its executive director and curator, Stefan Kalmár, are handling curatorial duties. Mark your calendars: the show runs Sept. 9 through Nov. 18. While you’re waiting, why not take an hour-long break from work and watch the group’s 2003 look at radical political activism, Get Rid of Yourself? As the release explains, it “opted for seductive contagion by circulating modes of protest along with scripted passages featuring downtown actress and fashion icon Chloe Sevigny.”