Rachel Rose's First U.S. Solo Exhibition Opens at the Whitney

November 6, 2015

School of the Arts alumna Rachel Rose’s (’13) much-anticipated exhibition Everything and More opened on October 30 at the Whitney Museum of American Art: “Rose’s presentation at the Whitney will physically engage with the architecture of the Museum’s new Renzo Piano–designed building. Using her own footage and found material, Rose addresses the ubiquity of images and how it generates meaning in contemporary society.” The exhibition will remain on view until February 7, 2016.

Rose, who entered Columbia’s MFA program with an interest in abstract painting but is now gaining notice for her video work, has had a tremendously successful year. In October she received the second annual Frieze Artist Award, which led to a commission at Frieze London, one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. At the same time, London’s prestigious Serpentine Gallery hosted her solo show Rachel Rose: Palisades, which received much praise in the press and remains on view until November 8. Everything and More, named after David Foster Wallace’s nonfiction book on infinity, is her first solo show in the United States. It will be followed next year by an exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.

“The art world is always looking for the Next Big Thing, and right now, the video installations of Rachel Rose look set to be It,” wrote Blake Gopnik in the New York Times. “Ms. Rose throws together images and sounds – visions of the cosmos, the audience at a rock concert, Aretha Franklin emoting — to wrestle with issues that trouble our planet, and our lives. Our predicaments are complex, so her works aim for some of the same intricacy, in both what they show us and how they do the showing. Think Ryan Trecartin’s video chaos mashed up with J. M. W. Turner’s visions of the sublime, plus a dollop of the Whole Earth Catalog.”

Rose’s work has also been shown at the National Gallery in Prague, the Taipei Biennial, the Sculpture Center and Electronic Arts Intermix in New York, and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, among other galleries and museums. She lives and works in New York City. You can view more of her work here, and you can read more about Everything and More in The GuardianW Magazine and ArtNet News.