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Museum Of Contemporary Art Presents Jennifer Steinkamp: 'Madame Curie'

Jennifer Steinkamp, Digital rendering of Madame Curie, 2010. Credit: MCASD

Above: Jennifer Steinkamp, Digital rendering of Madame Curie, 2010. Credit: MCASD

MCASD has commissioned Jennifer Steinkamp to create a new work for MCASD Downtown’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building. Entitled "Madame Curie," this new commission is inspired by Steinkamp’s recent research into atomic energy, atomic explosions, and the effects of these forces on nature.

Marie Curie was the recipient of two Nobel Prizes for creating the theory of radioactivity, and discovering radium and polonium. She was also an avid gardener and lover of flowers. An enveloping panoramic work reminiscent of Steinkamp’s 2004 video projection "The Wreck of the Dumaru," the new piece will activate a field of moving flowers and flowering trees in line with the imagery of Steinkamp’s 2010 work "Orbit Without Seasons." Flowers rendered realistically for this new work include marsh marigolds, may flower, chestnut blooms, and hop plants, among many others drawn from a list of over 40 plants mentioned in Marie Curie’s biography written by her daughter, Eve Curie. The seven-channel projection will engage the architecture of the space and will require seven synchronized projections onto three walls of the 4,500-square-foot gallery.

January 23, 2011–June 26, 2011 at MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building

MCASD Downtown, Jacobs and Copley Buildings
1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, (between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101. Google Map

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