Stan Douglas

The Society for Contemporary Art is proud to present STAN DOUGLAS Tuesday September 19, 2000. On September 20 FOCUS, the ongoing series of one-person presentations of contemporary art at The Art Institute of Chicago will present the world premiere of a major new film and sound installation, entitled Le Detroit, by Canadian artist Stan Douglas as a FOCUS exhibition. The artist?s exhaustively researched and immaculately produced film and video projects draw past and present together, illuminating those moments in which progress is redirected, subverted, or arrested. His latest body of work is comprised of large-format color photographs made in Detroit that document a city devastated by lost jobs and ?white flight? to gated suburban communities. In this FOCUS exhibition, Douglas expands upon this subject in a new film-and-sound installation inspired by Shirley Jackson?s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House and historian Marie Hamlin?s 1882 chronicle Legends of le Detroit. The piece centers around Eleanore, a black woman who finds herself at a postwar housing project in Detroit. The film is projected onto a dual-vision screen that reflects and transmits light equally. While a montage of shots is projected in positive on one side, a nearly identical set of images in negative is shown on the other. An important component of the installation is the ever-changing soundtrack. Unlike many filmmakers who subordinate music to the moving image, Douglas uses it to reveal the content of a scene. His score is digitally re-mixed and recomposed in infinite variations, altering the tone and mood of the film for each viewing. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1960, Douglas studied briefly at the Emily Carr College of Art, and continues to live and work in Vancouver. Since the 1980s, Douglas?s video installations and photographs have been exhibited worldwide. He has participated in many important international exhibitions, such as the 1990 Venice Biennale, Documenta IX and X, the Carnegie International Exhibition of 1995, the Sydney Biennials of 1990, 1996 and 2000, and the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale. In 1995 he was included in the Whitney Biennial and in 1996 he was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $35

05:00PM – 06:30PM – Reception

06:30PM – 07:30PM – Lecture