A Shot in the Dark

Walker Art Center
August 12, 2010–April 24, 2011

An empty wooden box, a clear plastic cup, a pair of balloons, a spray of paint, a bed of moss, a single word, a moment in time. Employing everyday materials and minimal gestures, the art works in this exhibition transcend their humble means as they evoke other places, times, and states of mind.

Giving form to intuition and speculation, the artists featured in A Shot in the Dark embrace subtle shifts in the order of things. Together their works ponder presence and absence, the body and its traces, and the hidden workings of the mind, as well as the unseen and mysterious energies that permeate everyday life.

Spanning more than 100 years of artistic production, from early 20th-century landscape painting and 1960s conceptualism to contemporary sculpture and works on paper, this focused exhibition places a group of recent Walker acquisitions in the context of rarely seen works from the collection, including two films never before on view.

The exhibition features works by Joseph Beuys, Bill Bollinger, Agostino Bonalumi, Mircea Cantor, Hanne Darboven, Liz Deschenes, Trisha Donnelly, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Robert Gober, Michelle Grabner, Marsden Hartley, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Jim Lambie, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Alan Saret, Paul Sharits, Paul Thek, Meg Webster, and Christopher Williams.

Curator: Eric Crosby