TACITA DEAN

There's still a chance to catch British artist Tacita Dean's trilogy of 16 mm elegies to the moribund state of celluloid film amid the rise of digital. This year's recipient of the Solomon R. Guggenheim's biennial Hugo Boss Prize, the exhibition features two films, Kodak and Noir et Blanc, along with a separate piece called Found Obsolescence (all 2006). The impetus for the project came after Dean attempted to stock up on 16 mm film from Kodak only to discover they could sell her only five rolls, as they were in the process of permanently shutting down production (of 16 mm film). The first two films, symbolically shot on the last five rolls she acquired, document the production of film at the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. The third piece, Found Obsolescence, offers a new take on the readymade in the form of a framed, unexposed 16 mm negative found by Dean, abandoned in one of the machines at the factory. Together, the three works offer film as a physical entity, almost personifying it, stirring a deeper sense of mourning in the viewer.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3500. Through June 6.

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