Installations, Still and Moving images
October 16-22, 2024

Eleanor Antin
by Erna Hecey

The Artist

Eleanor Antin (b. 1935 in The Bronx, NY, lives and works in San Diego, CA) works in photography, video, film, installation, drawing, performance, and writing. A key figure of conceptual art movements of the 1970s, Antin’s ground-breaking practice spans five decades and has covered themes surrounding identity, gender, autobiography, class and social structures. Rearticulating historical narratives, both real and fictitious, she explores the tropes of feminist and conceptual art. She has been the subject of numerous major solo institutional exhibitions, including ICA, Boston, MA (2014); San Diego Art Museum, San Diego, CA (2008); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK and Mead Gallery, Warwick, UK (2001); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (1999). Her work is included in many important public collections such as the Tate Modern; Art Institute of Chicago; Whitney Museum; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); The Jewish Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou Paris; Museion, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bolzano; Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna, amongst others.

“The archivist” attempts to put together the “lost years” of Eleanor Antinova, the once celebrated black ballerina of Diaghlev’s Ballet Russe, when she returned to her native America to make out a meager living in vaudeville and early movies. Her career in America is documented through narrative and dance films, which she made during the Great Depression. The documentary-fiction includes several comedy shorts, spicy farces, a semi-blue movie and the burlesque exploiting her ballerina role, along with vaudeville dance numbers and artistic interpretations

The Gallery

Erna Hecey founded her gallery in Luxembourg in 1996. It has proved to be a dynamic force on the Luxembourg scene, organizing numerous exhibitions and events over a ten-year period, with a special focus on collaborative projects. First exhibitions included Andres Serrano, Nan Goldin, Sophie Calle, Uri Tzaig, John Armleder, Peter Friedl, Doris Drescher, Nedko Solakov, Jana Sterbak, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bert Theis, Marcel Broodthaers and Lawrence Weiner. Since 1997, Erna Hecey Gallery has participated in major artfairs around the world: ArtBasel, (Special Projects for Art Basel Unlimited) FIAC, Paris, ArtBrussels, Brussels, ArtForum / ArtBerlin, Berlin, ARCO, Madrid, ArtDealers, Marseille, SHContemporary, Shanghai, ParisPhoto, Paris and the Armory Show, New York.