The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California.
Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Title: Gender Specific
Soundtrack: Jennifer Steinkamp
Dimensions: 10 x 8, 10 x 8, and 8 x 6, 8 x 6 feet
Photo credit: Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy ACME, Los Angeles.
Exhibition History: Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Bliss House, Pasadena, California, curated by Tom Rhodes and Kenneth Riddle, November 11 - 18, 1989. (Simultaneous one-person exhibitions) Sponsored by the Foundation for Art Resources. Part of the LA Freewaves video festival.
Description: This is my first site-specific installation It began as an installation for an artist run alternative space, Bliss House; subsequently it was also exhibited in a storefront at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Both pieces ran simultaneously in different parts of the city. Viewers would drive across town to experience the entire installation. Issues surrounding the cultural specificity of gender in relation to domestic and corporate architecture were addressed by bifurcating the architecture and sites across town. A pair of animations were rear projected into the windows of two sites. A spinning polka-dot tunnel was positioned next to multiple orbiting earths. Ideas of the feminine and masculine in architecture were playfully manipulated in order to blur the distinctions between gender demarcations.