In conjunction with her solo exhibition The old expressions are with us always and there are always others, Ulrike Müller worked together with mumok curator Manuela Ammer to create a new presentation of the mumok collection, entitled Always, Always, Others. Non-Classical Forays into Modernism. Their selection of works reflects an interest in non-canonical art histories and alternative genealogies. They include a focus on works from the 1970s and their alternative images of the body and designs of identity, as in the drastic and yet also humorous examples by the two groups Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists. Artists like Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Christina Ramberg, and Karl Wirsum explore the worst excesses of consumer and media culture and make use of ideas from comics, from surrealism, and from non-Western movements in art. Leslie Buchbinder’s 2014 film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists provides a historical overview and initiates a new look for today—not least concerning the aesthetic strategies that also feature in Ulrike Müller’s own artistic practice.
Leslie Buchbinder, Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, 2014, 105 min
Followed by a conversation between Ulrike Müller & Manuela Ammer
Ulrike Müller lives in New York. Exhibitions (selection): The old expressions are with us always and there are always others, mumok, Vienna (2015); Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists / 100 feministische Zeichnungen von 100 KünstlerInnen, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012); Franza, Fever 103; and Quilts, Cairo Biennial (2010).