State of the Art: Lenka Clayton

4 August 2014 at 22:15

Dear Lenka,

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Elizabeth Weinman, and I am Head Registrar at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

  •  Can you provide detailed installation instructions for the artworks?

o This is something for us to utilize both for this installation as well as put in the file for future installs. You will likely have more info for 63 Objects…, but basically whatever you think is relevant to making sure the artworks are viewed as you would prefer would be helpful

  •  Can you send me any exhibition history you have available for the artworks as well as any information for publications that the artworks has been featured in

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any further information.



Elizabeth K. Weinman

Head Registrar


8 August 2014 at 10:51

Hello Elizabeth,

I sent installation instructions in the box of 63 Objects – will those be what you need? The film is a digital file and very simply needs to be looped. If you need additional instruction after looking at what I sent please just let me know, I would be happy to send more detail if necessary.

Exhibition/publication history:

63 Objects from my son’s mouth has been featured in a limited edition book published by myself and has been exhibited as part of the solo exhibition “An Artist Residency in Motherhood” at Pittsburgh Center For the Arts September – November 2013.

The Distance I Can Be From My Son has been exhibited in:

“An Artist Residency in Motherhood” at Pittsburgh Center For the Arts September – November 2013 “New Maternalisms” at FADO performance art center at the Mercer Union Gallery, Canada in March 2012 “Complicated Labors” at University of California Santa Cruz, February 5th – March 15th 2014

“New Maternalisms II” at Museum of Modern Art, Santiago, Chile

Many thanks for all your help.

All the best,



8 August 2014 at 19:56

Hi Lenka,

Thank you so much! Yes, those installation instructions that are in the crate are exactly what I need – do you happen to have a digital copy? No worries if not, but I thought it was worth checking. Knowing the other goes on a loop is great! Do you have a certain type of monitor it goes on, or does it not really matter? (if it matters, I’ll put it in the contract, if not, no reason to include it). Basically, our goal it that in 75 years, after we all are gone, the instructions we have are good enough that the installations can still be installed.

The rest of the info is perfect!

Thank you so much for your time and help!



Elizabeth K. Weinman

Head Registrar


26 August 2014 at 11:23

Dear Chad,

I hope that you are very well. Sorry to trouble you at what is surely a very busy time.

I am in the final stages of printing a small artist’s book of “63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth” (approx 4.5″ x 6″ in size, 68 color pages). All objects will be depicted in it at life-size, one per page. It has a short introduction and a list at the back of the objects. I can send you a PDF if you would like to see.

The book will have a very limited first edition. Each will be signed and will have a custom, and letter-pressed cover. I was wondering if you would be interested in having a quantity of the book available for your patrons, collectors, or other members of your museum community? If so I could make a slightly larger edition of 250 rather than 100 in order to accommodate this. Or, if you prefer, I would be very happy to supply the museum with a smaller number to sell in the normal way through the store as we are doing with the One Brown Shoe book.

I am so delighted to be working with you and to be part of this wonderful exhibition, thank-you.

All the best to you Chad,



26 August 2014 at 11:33

Hello Lenka,

Thanks for ge1ng in touch. We just placed all the objects this week. They look awesome.

I think featuring the book at the store makes sense. I would get in touch with Mary Douthit and menDon that we are interested in having it in the store.

Warm regards,


Assistant Curator, Special Projects


26 August 2014 at 11:39

Hi Chad,

That’s great. Thank-you so much for your fast response! I’m delighted that the objects look good and can’t wait to see the show.

All the very best,



6 September 2014 at 12:19

The time has finally come! We are thrilled to be opening State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now next week. The installation looks great and we look forward to you seeing your work in this new context, among many other excellent works. We hope you’ll enjoy meeting so many fellow artists from around the country.

We are so pleased that many of you will be able to join us this Thursday, Sept. 11 for the Private Opening event. If you are planning to attend and have not yet RSVP’d, please do so at your earliest convenience by responding to rsvp@crystalbridges.org.

The event begins at 7:00 pm, but we invite you and your guests to join us at 5:30 pm for a special pre-gathering featuring conversation, food, and a champagne toast in the Artists’ Lounge. You may come to the main lobby of Crystal Bridges and an associate will direct you to our gathering place. The Lounge will close at 7:00 pm so that you may enjoy the Private Opening.

If you’re coming to Bentonville this week, we wish you safe travels. And if you’re not, we look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

See you soon,

The Team at Crystal Bridges



Hi Lenka

I am one of the editors of Temporary Art Review and I am working on a long-form response to the State of the Art exhibition. The piece is essentially a collaborative text that will be comprised of a brief statement from Chad Aligood and the museum; a short text by me; several reviews from various critics; and, finally, a few responses from artists in the show.

I’m asking a few of the artists whose work I’m personally more interested in to give a 1-2 paragraph response to their experience with the show, how you feel it engages with your work, and its public presentation. Other artists participating include Works Progress, Alberto Aguilar and others. The goal of the piece is to give a subjective account of the exhibition from multiple perspectives as a critical experiment. We are open to ideas and hope to include you in the feature.

If this is of interest or if you would be willing to talk through it in more detail, let me know and I’d love to talk soon.


James McAnally


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