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Rhea Anastas
Moyra Davey
Andrea Fraser
Nicolás Guagnini
Gareth James
Christian Philipp Müller
Jeff Preiss
R.H. Quaytman
Karin Schneider
Jason Simon
John Yancy, Jr.
Current Exhibition:

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Past Exhibitions:

Spring Wound
From One O to the Other
11 Sessions
Cookie Cutter
Calendar of flowers, gin bottles, steak bones
Image Coming Soon
Form of a waterfall. Sadie Benning
On The Collective For Living Cinema
Jef Geys
I Like You and You Like Me
Sylvia Rivera Law Project Art Opening
Around the Corner: Zoe Leonard, Petra Wunderlich, Christian Philipp Müller
Nicolás Guagnini: The Middle Class Goes to Heaven (2005–06)
Dan Graham: Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (1986–2005)

Heard Not Seen
Having Been Described In Words
Painters Without Paintings and Paintings Without Painters
Small Works For Big Change
Michael Asher, film screening
Stephan Pascher, Lucky Chairs

Martin Beck
September 11. 1973.
Part Three, "Last Minute"
Polish Socialist Conceptualism of the 70s
Part Two
Part One

Organized By: Jason Simon

Art In Review
Monday, July 10, 2006
The New York Times
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The single work in Jason Simon's exhibition is a 25-minute video interview with a woman named Vera that explores her addiction to shopping. Vera, who looks about 30, is attractive, intelligent and articulate about how she shops, what she shops for and what shopping means to her. Mainly, she shops for expensive clothes and accessories, but she shops intensely for ordinary things like toiletries too.

She looks for bargains, but that has not prevented her from incurring huge debt and once going into bankruptcy. She notes at one point that she owns 150 bottles of nail polish. Unfortunately, the video doesn't show any of her acquisitions, because the camera never wavers from its up-close focus on Vera herself. Still, the interview is fascinating for what it reveals about this compulsive shopper's extreme yet strangely banal preoccupation.

Mr. Simon, one of Orchard's organizers, is not making fun of Vera. She is too smart and self-aware and has too much of a sense of humor for that. He treats her like a partner in a collaborative investigation into the effects of consumerism on people. He also does not add any didactic or ideological message of his own. The video allows viewers to reflect for themselves on the psychology and sociology of shopping and consumerism and more generally on how capitalism conditions the lives and desires of modern people. KEN JOHNSON