Rachel Rose (*1986) has emerged over the past decade as one of the foremost artists of her generation. Although Rose started as a painter, she made her first breakthrough as an artist with her film installations. Yet the history of painting, and the complexities of composition and color, have always played a central role in her work. Rose’s film work draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation, and whether investigating subjects as wide ranging as cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, or an astronaut’s spacewalk, Rose creates poignant portraits of the near and deep past, making connections between history and what we feel in the present day. These historical events come alive in her paintings, sculptures and drawings, and her various artworks reverberate with one another, connecting immediate experience to a deeper understanding of time. Rose interrogates the history of capitalism, interweaving its manifold artifacts, sites and debris with the history of painting.
Her exhibition, Goodnight Moon, at SITE Santa Fe through September 11th features sculpture, new commission video work, and notable historical loans from Yale Center for British Art. She will participate in “The Complex Self,” a public panel discussion at SITE on Saturday, July 22nd, along with writer Elvia Wilk, SFI President David Krakauer, SFI Professors Chris Kempes and Geoffrey West, SFI External Faculty Manfred Laubichler, and SFI Miller Scholar and author Ted Chiang.