The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers

September 01, 2008 to August 28, 2009

Round 2: Tauba Auerbach / Kris Martin / Dirk Stewen / Kirsten Pieroth / Colter Jacobsen / Jordan Wolfson / Kristen Morgin / Peter Coffin / Abraham Cruzvillegas / Stowaways / Claire Fontaine / Mario Garcia Torres / Aurélien Froment

Launched in September 2007, the exhibition Passengers aimed to overcome the often-restrictive programming schedule of a typical art institution by implementing a format that was constantly transforming and self-perpetuating. At the beginning of every month, one of the artists from the group portion of the show would move into the central cube to present a solo show, and then at the end of the month he or she would leave the exhibition completely and a brand-new artist would enter the group show, thus constantly repopulating the display.

The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers, as we are now calling it in its second year, follows largely the same format but discontinues the monthly new addition, so that the show will eventually reach an endpoint—a solo presentation of the remaining single artist—in August 2009. Each month the gallery architecture will adapt, with the cube expanding as the group show contracts.

The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers will continue to present new work in sculpture, video, film, photography, collage, and drawing by emerging international artists who have not yet had a solo exhibition in an American public art institution. Inspired by the ways in which artists and curators, working in a globalized context, pass through places and become witnesses of our time, this exhibition functions as a vehicle by which artists travel to San Francisco from around the world. Many of them respond to the particular situation of the Wattis Institute and its audiences by creating new commissions and site-specific installations.

On the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., the Wattis Institute presents a "small talk," or informal gallery conversation, with each new featured solo artist. This series engages artists directly in a dialogue that investigates their practices and presents viewpoints that expand the audience's understanding of contemporary art.