Please join Artadia for a free public program at The Lab. Chrissie Iles is a senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her curatorial focus is contemporary art, and film and video. She is part of the curatorial team that shapes the artistic program of the Whitney Museum, and is responsible for building the museum’s film and video collection. She has curated a number of thematic survey exhibitions of the moving image, and co-curated the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials. She publishes and lectures widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York, a member of the Graduate Committee of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, an Advisory Board member of the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College, New York, and a member of the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base Advisory Board at New York University. Iles was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the History of Art Department at Bristol University. She was previously Head of Exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, England.
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's debut album together as Body/Head, Coming Apart, from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. The Switch is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document No Waves), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as Coming Apart, here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.