50,000 Beds: A Project

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Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 2007 - Art - 134 pages
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For the ambitious (and salacious-sounding) exhibition 50,000 Beds, Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Chris Doyle commissioned 45 fellow artists to make short videos, each set in a different hotel or motel in Connecticut. The videos were shown concurrently--in specially designed multi-screen galleries--at Connecticut's three premier contemporary art venues, which opened on three consecutive nights: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Artspace in New Haven and Real Art Ways in Hartford. Doyle's concept focuses on the hotel as a site of narrative potential, a location that is intimate, anonymous and infused with tension between the guests and the staff. All 45 artists included in the exhibition--a range of contemporary emerging artists who have come up with a diversity of responses to the challenge posed, from fiction to documentary to animation--are included in this attractive volume bound in faux suede.

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Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist Chris Doyle received his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Boston College, and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. His work has recently been featured at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Queens Museum of Art, P.S.1, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, as well as at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Artspace and Real Art Ways. His work has been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA and the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2007, he completed "The Moons," a three-screen outdoor video piece for the Kansas City's Sprint Arena.

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