Saturday, June 13, 2009

Eleanor Antin Conquers Pompeii

Classical Frieze is a film and selection of photographs from Eleanor Antin's most recent work. This exhibition mimics the ancient world through recreating 19th-century neo-classical paintings. This installation coincides with the special exhibition, Pompeii and the Roman Villa also currently featured at the LACMA.

"Pompeii and the Roman Villa illustrates how the Trojan War and the death and wandering of the great Greek heroes were the moral and aesthetic tropes of Roman culture. Whereas for us, the romance of the Roman Empire, with its deliciously decadent affluence and military power, lies deep in modern Western consciousness. The great 19th-century colonial powers that preceded us saw themselves as the new Rome, bringing civilization to primitive peoples, not unlike the way we see ourselves today." -Eleanor Antin, San Diego, 2009

On display May 14th- September 4th, 2009 at LACMA.
Above, Elenor Antin, The Death of Petronius from "The Last Days of Pompeii" 2001

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