New York’s MET to Address Conspiracy Theories in the West

Peter Saul, (American, born 1934)
Government of California, 1969
Acrylic on canvas 68 × 96 in. (172.7 × 243.8 cm)
Collection of Brian Donnelly, New York
© Peter Saul Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy” exhibition, which will be on view from September 18, 2018, through January 6, 2019, on the 4th floor of The Met Breuer in New York, USA, aims to unravel the long-existing suspicion between the government and its citizens in the Western world, focusing on events that took place the period between 1969 and 2016.

The NY exhibit will showcase 70 compelling works, including installations, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and videos, of 30 gifted artists interested in tackling the tantalizing topic of “Conspiracy” through their art.

Lutz Bacher (American, born 1943)
The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview, 1976
Collage in 18 parts, 11 x 8 ½ in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm) each.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W.
Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel and
Anonymous Gift, 1999
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
© Lutz Bacher

“Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy” show will be divided into two different sections. The first half will showcase works by artists that are keen on uncovering incidents of deceit and intrigue in nefarious areas through their own research. “We have Trevor Paglen revealing black sites, the places where people are taken by the US government for torture; Jenny Holzer, who is using text from real government documents in outrage; Hans Haacke, who used New York City real-estate records in the 1970s to uncover the practices of slumlords,” Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleischman Curator in The Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, shares on a video preview of the exhibition. This part of the show will also highlight the period the Black Panthers were under siege from the US government, as well as the AIDS crisis.

Emory Douglas, (American, born 1943)
The Black Panther (back cover), September 21, 1974 (I Gerald Ford am the 38th Puppet of the
United States)
Collage on newspaper
© 2018 Emory Douglas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The second section of the show is the one to feature artists, such as Jim Shaw, Mike Kelly, Sue Williams, Tony Oursler, who, according to Doug Eklund, Curator in the Met’s Department of Photographs, “are plumbing the depths of the darkest aspects of American culture,” giving their kind of phantasmagoric views on some of the “complicated truths about life in a democracy.”

Mike Kelley, (American, 1954–2012)
Educational Complex, 1995
Acrylic, latex, foam core, fiberglass, and wood
48 1/16 in. × 32 ft. 1/16 in. × 36 in. (122 × 975.5 × 91.5 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Art © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/VAGA at ARS, NY

“Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy”
September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Met Breuer, Floor 4 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-731-1675
Tickets: $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students