Located above a Woolworth discount store with an entrance next to a döner stand, the inconspicuous project space PS120 opened its doors for the first time with a blockbuster exhibition featuring an established generation alongside younger artists (including at least one who has never previously exhibited). ’s
black-and-white silent film Wind
(1968) screens in one area of the space, cutting back and forth between a group of performers as they erratically move through two barren landscapes: a snowy field and an empty beach. A separate room is dedicated to ’s Come Closer
(2008), which makes similarly abrupt jumps as it interweaves the stories of characters in Lisbon, San Francisco, and Brazil. Be it through language or silence, both artists explore how people navigate their places in the world. Another appropriate pairing is
and Olu Ogunnaike, who, through their works Made in Western Germany Blue
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(2018), both consider industrial commodities and mass production. Trockel’s textile speaks to the manufacturing of goods and artisanal production typically outsourced to women; the work, after all, was woven by Tibetan artisans, yet reads “Made in Western Germany.” Ogunnaike, on the other hand, incorporates Oriented strand board, similar to particle board, addressing the speed and lack of quality now commonly found in mass-produced Western goods.