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Artist Talk with Jim Shaw
Entertaining Doubts artist dives into his “absolutely, utterly hilarious” exhibition

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — Jim Shaw, whose exhibition at MASS MoCA was heralded byThe Boston Globe as  “absolutely, utterly hilarious,” mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock in his exhibition Entertaining Doubts. Hear from the artist as he entertains his own doubts and creates new ones for you about church, state, and Superman on ThursdayOctober 8, at 5pm.
Shaw’s largest U.S. exhibition ever presents a vast body of work featuring recurring characters that include himself, his father, his friends, fictional superheroes, politicians, and film stars. Curated by MASS MoCA’s Denise Markonish, the show addresses not only credulity and collapse, but fantasy and absurdity, demagoguery and corruption, protest and pathology. It delves into Shaw’s own personal biography, his skepticism, his compulsive creativity” (Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe).
Shaw focuses on the over-arching themes of fallibility — fallen heroes, collapsed economies, and political figures. A new work created for this exhibition, Not Since Superman Died, features an injured and endangered Superman, but never shows the expected heroic escape — rendering the hero into a mere mortal. Central to all of Shaw’s works are the deeply researched references and art historical sources that populate his paintings, from Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo to conspiracy theories about the Bush dynasty and Masonic symbolism. Shaw’s work is dense with layers of information; join us to hear him unpack his process and reveal the inspiration behind the works.
About the Artist
Jim Shaw (born 1952 in Midland, Michigan) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. His works have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including a career retrospective at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; CAPC, Musee de’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France; MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; ICA, London; and Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Shaw exhibited at the Encyclopedic Palace in the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and the Chalet Society, Paris, France. His work is also featured in prominent public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Shaw is represented by Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Metro Pictures, New York; Simon Lee Gallery, London; and Praz-Delavallade, Paris.

Jim Shaw engages MASS MoCA audiences in conversation about his process and Entertaining Doubts onThursday, October 8, at 5pmin Club B-10. Tickets are free for members and $7 for-not-yet members.
Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays. Tickets can also be charged by calling413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at 
massmoca.org. All events are held rain or shine.


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Address: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247

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