Dance and visual arts
Paris-based Americans, Gerard & Kelly have been collaborating since 2003 on performance, video and installation, among other formats. Having studied visual arts, literature and gender studies, Gerard and Kelly use conceptual strategies in art and dance to address broader themes of memory, history, sexuality and identity. Their reflections are often embedded in a particular architectural space, engaging the socio-cultural and political antecedents of the site in their work.
Brennan Gerard was born in Ohio in 1978, and Ryan Kelly was born in Pennsylvania in 1979. They are graduates of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York and the Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and their performances have been shown at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2022), MAMCO Geneva (2020), MOCA, Los Angeles (2020), Festival d'Automne, Paris (2017 and 2019), Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2019), Pioneer Works, New York (2018), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016), New Museum, New York (2015), and The Kitchen, New York (2014).
They have also participated in group exhibitions, notably at the FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (2022), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015), and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014).
Their works are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, FRAC Franche-Comté, and Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes.
Ruins, their first solo exhibition in a European museum, is currently on view at Carré d'Art in Nîmes until 23 March 2023.
In conversation with Emmanuelle Huynh, artist and head of the studio at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Penser le Présent is made possible with the support of Société Générale.
Amphi des Loges - 14 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6e
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Photo credits: Adrien Dirand