Last Year at Marienbad redux

Sept 12—Oct 26, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6-8pm


Curated by James Voorhies and produced by Bureau for Open Culture with Jennifer Allen, Keren Cytter, Tacita Dean, Jessamyn Fiore, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Iman Issa, David Maljković, Ján Mančuška, Gordon Matta-Clark, Josh Tonsfeldt, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, and Maya Schweizer

At EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Made possible with support from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Publication made possible with a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

Last Year at Marienbad redux is an exhibition, public program and publication that explores the way fact and fiction merge to form accepted knowledge about people, places, events and politics. Drawing on the use of elliptical conversations in the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais as a point of departure, the exhibition features works of art that utilize various cinematic conventions, such as editing, character development, narrative, mise-en-scène and montage, to reveal how our understanding of reality is often mediated by those very cinematic techniques.

The Marienbad Sessions is a public program that occurs in the exhibition site at the EFA Project Space and an essential component of Last Year at Marienbad redux. Over the course of the exhibition, The Marienbad Sessions presents a series of weekly public events and performances with Jens Hoffmann, Dan Fox, Jessamyn Fiore, James Voorhies and others. This public forum seeks to transform the exhibition space into a learning site that simultaneously intersects visually and conceptually with the works of art—text, sculpture, photography, installation and video.

The Marienbad Papers is a publication produced as part of Last Year at Marienbad redux. It will be a hybrid publication uniting characteristics of an art journal, catalogue essay, film script and art criticism into a singular printed form. It will include a series of commissioned texts and be available at close of exhibition on October 27.

Click here for the Press Release

Click here for James Voorhies' Notes on The Marienbad Sessions


UPCOMING EVENTS (at EFA Project Space)

Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm  Opening Reception for Last Year at Marienbad redux

Monday, September 16, 7pm  The Marienbad Sessions--Maya Schweizer: Lieux de mémoire, desire and film

Thursday, October 10, 7pm  The Marienbad Sessions--Dan Fox

Thursday, October 17, 7pm  The Marienbad Sessions--Jessamyn Fiore

Monday, October 21, 7pm  The Marienbad Sessions--Jens Hoffmann


Last Year at Marienbad redux happens to coincide with two other Marienbad-related screenings: A screening of the original film at Film Forum, on October 22nd, and a week-long run of nonagenarian director Alain Resnais’s most recent film, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (2012), at Anthology Film Archives from October 18th to the 24th. It also coincides with artist David Maljković's second exhibition at Metro Pictures September 12 to October 19, 2013. More details about the exhibition and screenings below:

David Maljković

September 12 - October 19, 2013 at Metro Pictures

For his second exhibition at Metro Pictures, David Maljkovic presents an animation, film installation, sound works and display forms, along with collaged inkjet prints mounted on aluminum and a slide projection. For more information, click here.

Alain Resnais’s You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

October 18-24, 2013 at Anthology Film Archives

Though it opened briefly in NYC this summer, the most recent film by the great Alain Resnais (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, MURIEL) garnered far less attention than it deserves, so Anthology is bringing it back for a special week-long return engagement. For more information, click here.

Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad 

Tuesday, October 22, 8:20pm at Film Forum

This is Film Forum’s third event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books. The NYRB Classics edition of The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, inspiration for Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Oscar-nominated screenplay, will be on sale at their concession this night. Introduced by critic and NYRB contributor J. Hoberman. For more information, click here.



Bureau for Open Culture is an itinerant, non-profit curatorial initiative that receives support from institutions and foundations to make projects in dialogue with artists and writers. It combines curating, education, design, communication and publishing to position the art institution as an overall form of critical practice, uniting art and education into a singular cohesive mode of exhibition making.

Opening reception of Last Year at Marienbad
redux sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Co.