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EXHIBITION: LAUREL NAKADATE: SAY YOU LOVE ME
November 17—December 22, 2011

Nakadate speaks on her work, followed by a Panel Discussion
with Deborah Bright, Carrie-Lambert-Beatty, and David Rodowick, and opening reception
Thursday, November 17
6 pm
Lecture Hall


Laurel Nakadate, Exorcism in January
"Exorcism in January" 2009, Laurel Nakadate. Type C-print. Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

The installation Laurel Nakadate: Say You Love Me will feature a selection of videos by the artist, filmmaker, and photographer Laurel Nakadate, whose work pushes the boundaries of voyeurism, exhibitionism, and vulnerability. In videos such as Happy Birthday, she performs a Lolita-like role in a series of sometimes unsettling fictional vignettes with mostly white, middle-aged men she meets through chance encounters. In others, including Good Morning Sunshine, she continues to exploit the unsavory yet titillating nature of interactions between older men and girls by voicing the role of a predator. Nakadate is always in control, whether in front of or behind the camera; yet her intention is not to make fun of her collaborators. Her videos are complicated but ultimately empathetic meditations on loneliness and longing. Curated by Michelle Lamunière, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.

Visit the Harvard Art Museum's Nakadate webpage

Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center
Exhibition Hours: Sert Gallery: Tue-Sun: 1:00—5:00 pm*

*extended Sert Gallery hours 5—6 pm on Thursday, November 17, prior to the lecture, and 5–7 pm on Friday, November 18, prior to the screening. Please note that The Sert Gallery will close one hour early, at 4 pm, for a private event on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.


Film Screening: The Wolf Knife
Director Laurel Nakadate in person
Friday, November 18, 2011
7 pm
Harvard Film Archive
Organized by Michelle Lamunière, curator of the exhibition and John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums. Lamunière will introduce Nakadate and lead the postscreening discussion.

The exhibition and opening are presented in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums and are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums. The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

The film is presented in collaboration with the Harvard Film Archive and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and is made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.

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