Marnie Weber: Songs that Never Die and Other Stories

 
 
Friday, Jun 21, 2019-Sunday, Nov 03, 2019
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Marnie Weber
Songs that Never Die
2005, super 8 film, theater seats, red velvet curtains, candelabra, flicker candles, bunny mannequin, and unicorn, 2 AP's, 12:10 min.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Courtesy of Shoshana and Wayne Blank, 2018.15 © Marnie Weber 2005.

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Marnie Weber emerged in Los Angeles’s post-punk scene of the early 1980s, and has since become known for installations in which music, performance, video, costumes, and sculpture come together to form whole, fantastical worlds. Characterized by a homespun, haunted-house aesthetic, Weber’s tableaus feature a cast of motley characters, including animals, monsters, spirit trees, and clowns, with supernatural female protagonists at their center. In the artist’s macabre fairy tales, these figures navigate uncanny landscapes on journeys of  transformation. 

In 2005, Weber debuted her video installation Songs That Never Die, which introduced audiences to The Spirit Girls, a fictitious all-female rock band whose members died tragically in the 1970s. Wearing white masks, long wigs, and Victorian nightgowns, The Spirit Girls were inspired by the male theatrical rock bands of Weber’s youth, of which there were no female  counterparts. With Weber performing as lead singer, The Spirit Girls appeared in three subsequent films and numerous live performances over the course of a decade.

This focused exhibition of recent acquisitions from MCASD’s collection presents Songs That Never Die in conjunction with sculptures, photographs, and videos from related bodies of work. 

Marnie Weber: Songs that Never Die and Other Stories is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by gifts to the annual operating fund. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.