If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard

Claude Simard (1956-2014) was an artist, gallerist, and an influential figure within the international art community. Co-founder of the Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan, Simard dedicated over 30 years of his life to engaging with and enriching the lives of artists as both muse and patron. His voracious drive to collect and discover resulted in a sizable collection of art and artifacts from across centuries and continents, works that range from Ghanaian Fante Asafo flags to Nick Cave’s Soundsuits. These objects served as offerings of inspiration for his artist friends, brought attention to contemporary artists operating outside of Western art centers, and represent collecting as an inherently artistic practice in its own right.
The exhibition features a large selection of examples from Simard’s collection, acquired both abroad and from within the United States. The diversity of the works is unparalleled, from medium to country of origin to subject matter. Many of the contemporary artists in the exhibition focus on issues of identity and the multiplicity of forces that shape artists and art. As a whole, this exhibition helps construct an understanding of Claude Simard himself as well as the collective, cumulative, and enduring global web of art.
Exhibition Name
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard
Exhibition Type
Group Exhibitions
Malloy Wing
Apr 22, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard is curated by Dayton Director Ian Berry.
John Ahearn, Radcliffe Bailey, Matthew Barney, Alighiero e Boetti, Nick Cave, Geoffrey Chadsey, Pierre Dorion, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Fishman, Phil Frost, Leon Golub, David Ireland, Brad Kahlhamer, Titus Kaphar, Bharti Kher, Andrew Lord, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Jackie Nickerson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Malick Sidibé, Jeff Sonhouse, Nancy Spero, Jessica Stockholder, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Claude Tousignant, Carlos Vega, Leslie Wayne, Hank Willis Thomas, B. Wurtz
Student Staff
Alicia Russo
Exhibitions Assistant
Laila Morgan
Education Assistant for College and Public Programs, Student Advisory Council, 2016-17 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern
Jonah Jablons
Collections Assistant, Exhibition Intern
Sanjana Gothi
The Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council
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