Group Exhibition "The Mass Ornament" on View at Gladstone Gallery


NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery presents The Mass Ornament, an exhibition curated by John Rasmussen. This group exhibition takes its title from a collection of essays by the German writer and cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer that were originally published in the 1920s and 1930s in the feuilleton section of the Frankfurter Zeitung. These essays focused on many topics including dance, religion, film, photography, arcades, and boredom—subjects that characterized the public’s rapidly shifting relationship to the city, mass culture, and politics during the Weimar Era. The fourteen artists included in the exhibition work across the various media of painting, sculpture, photography and video and recall Kraucauer’s ideas through shared interests in vanitas, ornament, morbidity, and the fragmented figure. While some of the works in the