Jimmie Durham: Detour Over Rome

24/06/2009 - 24/11/2009

Fondazione Volume and RAM radioartemobile present

Jimmie Durham: Detour Over Rome

Acquario Romano


Opening of the exhibition

June 24th  2009 – 8 pm


until November 2009



Projection of the movie: “The Pursuit of Happiness”

June 24th  2009 – 8.30 pm




Jimmie Durham is a sculptor. He was born in the USA in 1940 and became involved in the arts through the civil rights movement in the 1960s. From 1973 to 1980 Durham was a political organizer with the American Indian movement, serving as director of the International Indian Treaty Council and representative to the United Nations.


He has exhibited in venues around the world, including the Whitney Biennial (93 and 2005), Documenta IX, ICA London, Exit Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and the Venice Biennale (1999,01,03,05), among many others.


Since returning to Europe in 1994, Durham’s work has focused primarily on the relationship between architecture, monumentality and national narratives. Publications on anti-architecture include: Der Verfuhrer und der Steinerne Gast, Springer, Vienna, 1996; Between the Furniture and the Building: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Walter Konig, Cologne, 1998; Stoneheart, CCA, Kitakyushyu, 2001; Jimmie Durham, Edizione Charta, Milano, 2004 and The Second Particle Wave Theory, University of Sunderland and the Banff Centre, 2005.


Durham is the author of numerous essays and in 1993 Kala Press published an anthology, A Certain Lack of Coherence. In 1995 Phaidon published Jimmie Durham, a comprehensive survey of his art. In 2005 Durham co-edited and wrote The American West, an attack on cowboy and Indian mythology published for the exhibition by the same name at Compton Verney, UK.


For Durham’s 2009 retrospective at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the catalogue, Pierres rejetées, of  Durham’s work  in Europe was published.

“The Pursuit of Happiness”

Written and directed by Jimmie Durham – 13 mn

Producer: Alves-Durham GbR Executive producer: Mario Pieroni and Dora Stiefelmeier Zerynthia

With Anri Sala in the role of Joe Hill, an American Indian artist (probably Shoshone or Paiute) and Mario Pieroni in the role of Max Boldo, a gallery owner (from Denver or perhaps Los Angeles)

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