PARANOIA PLACES ITS FAITH IN EXPOSURE
CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 7
RECEPTION: SEP 13, 5:30-6:30PM
HOURS: MON-SAT 10:00AM-11:00PM; SUN 1:00-11:00PM
Paranoia Places Its Faith in Exposure borrows its title from a poem of the same name by Brian Blanchfield, who in turn quotes theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's book Touching Feeling, which draws upon Paul Ricoeur's work on Sigmund Freud, who based much of his early research on paranoia on the Memoirs of My Nervous Illness of Daniel Paul Schreber, the fin-de-siècle judge turned lunatic who provided the inspiration for an earlier work by Jesse Aron Green, the title of which was taken from a widely published book authored by Schreber’s father, Daniel Gottlob Moritz, notably referred to in Eric Santner’s My Own Private Germany, an exploration, like Blanchfield’s poem, of subjectivity under the influence of the symbolic effects of language, sexual desire, and states of alterity.
The title, like each of the fifty-six works made for the exhibition, is the means to an exploration of interpenetrating influences — intellectual, artistic, historical, personal and narcotic — all within the bounds of Le Corbusier's landmark Carpenter Center, from which Green takes inspiration.