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Museum of Modern Art Features Work of Faculty Member Liz Deschenes in Major Exhibition

Apr 03, 2008

Photography faculty member Liz Deschenes is one of only eight photographers chosen by the Museum of Modern Art to participate in their latest exhibition, “Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today.”

According to Museum of Modern Art Curator Ann Temkin, Deschenes was chosen because of her impulse towards the “democratization of art.” Temkin explains that for the 44 artists included in the exhibition, their reference point is “ordinary life, rather than a transcendent realm apart.” She writes, “These artists position themselves and their work not as an elite fraternity but as a part of the real world.”

For the exhibition, Deschenes takes as her subject the media green-screen. "Green Screen #5 (with cube),”—photographed at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001—illustrates a particular color of the green screen that is generally valued for its technical utility rather than aesthetic quality. In a “positively brilliant” inversion, Deschenes subverts the role of the object, making the utilitarian color the subject according to Margaret Sundell of ArtForum.

Deschenes’ work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. “Color Chart”—the first major exhibition devoted to artists who openly attest to the mass-production and standardization of color—will be on display March 2 through May 12, 2008, in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, sixth floor, as well as at other locations in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.