Give Us Work Now


Tonight marks the opening of Duncan Campbell, the 68th installment in our Forum series. The show features three of Campbell’s films, described by exhibition curator Amanda Donnan as “meta-documentaries,” combining historical footage with fictional elements in order to gain a more in-depth, if approximate and subjective, understanding of historical figures and events.

The show also includes some of Campbell’s print works, and a few days ago I took some photos of the installation, including this one of art handler Rob displaying his solidarity in front of one of Campbell’s protest-inspired screenprints:

As with Campbell’s films, where things aren’t always as they appear, this photo has its own complexities. It was already interesting to see Rob and several other art handlers busily hanging the protest-inspired screenprints demanding WORK NOW. But upon closer inspection, Rob’s shirt complicates the scene with an admission of his relatively meagre needs:

Duncan Campbell will be giving a lecture about his work tonight (Friday April 27) before the opening reception for the exhibition. It’s free and open to the public.

Duncan Campbell runs April 28–July 8, 2012 in the Forum Gallery.

Support for Duncan Campbell was provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.