Dana Levy: Impermanent Display


Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Tel Aviv–born, New York–based artist Dana Levy is known for her symbolically resonant studies of art museums, natural history collections, and other sites of preservation. Her careful choreography meditates on the political and environmental histories that undergird their display, often highlighting processes of migration and displacement. She presents a selection of works shot at the Mazor Mausoleum archaeological site in Petah Tikva, Israel; Maison de l'Armateur in Le Havre, France; and Invertebrate Zoology department of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA, in addition to a series of new films created as part of a residency in the Everglades National Park. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.

2008–15, Israel, USA, France, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

Dana Levy (Tel Aviv, Israel) uses video, video installation, and photography to investigate the domestication of nature, scientific classification mechanisms, and cataloguing. Her oeuvre explores the various ways that life is taken out of its natural context, uprooted from its surroundings, and assigned a place on shelves, display cabinets, or the walls of the museum. Levy received her MA in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland and a BA from Camberwell College of Arts, London. She has had solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Loop Art Fair, Barcelona; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York City; Habres and Partner Gallery, Vienna; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel, and more. She lives and works in New York.


Dana Levy, still from Everglades, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank