Exhibition: May 1 – June 7, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 1 – 6pm
Birnam Wood Galleries is pleased to announce David Datuna’s solo show titled Elements will run from May 1st through June 7th at the gallery’s Chelsea location in New York.
Taking the measure of identity is fraught with risk for a visual artist. With this exhibition of new portraits, David Datuna explores that challenge in ways that tell us much about his subjects’ identity, and at the same time, something about ourselves and our shared narrative of history and culture. From Lincoln to Elvis, from Martin Luther King to Andy Warhol, Datuna has chosen figures that allow him to try his hand at decoding the origins of influence. Elements, David Datuna’s eighth solo show is the artist’s first exhibition of new work since his installation Viewpoint of Billions: Portrait of America at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery drew 23,000 visitors, the largest attendance the museum has seen for a show in more than three decades.
KIWI Arts Group presents:
DAVID DATUNA FOR GLASS™
Glass™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
FUTURE EXHIBITION DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Presidents' Day Weekend 2014
"This was the one of the largest audiences I can remember turning out for a specific artist installation at the National Portrait Gallery in over 30 years" said Amy Henderson, Cultural Historian at the National Portrait Gallery.
"We heard visitors this weekend saying that it's not just about technology, it's about the thoughtful and deliberate ways that artists can broaden our horizons. When you give a visionary like David Datuna new tools and put a device like Google Glass in the hands of the public - amazing things happen,” said Nik Apostolides, Associate Director of the National Portrait Gallery. "David is a true pioneer."