October 23, 2020–January 17, 2021
Liliana Porter: Man with Axe and Other Stories
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
Argentina-born artist Liliana Porter’s provocative arrangements of objects and toys tell stories that are at once psychologically charged and slyly humorous. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Man with Axe, features a tiny plastic figure of an axe-wielding man who appears to have demolished an array of items, from dollhouse furniture to large vases, clocks, and even a full-sized piano. This trail of destruction signals both the entropic effects of time and the collapse of historical progress that can be caused by a single agent of chaos. In Man with Axe, Porter asks big questions: Who are we? What do we do? What’s it about?
Organized by the Frist Art Museum