The Wizard of Oz


Currently showing at the CCA‘s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art is a new exhibition titled, The Wizard of Oz, the second in a string of exhibitions that are influenced by a classic novel, children’s book, or short story. The Wizard of Oz includes an impressive array of work from twenty-two artists, including Andy Warhol, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Steve McQueen, and Bruce Conner. Each work has either been created as a reaction to the original novel (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900) or selected among an artist’s existing work which demonstrates the show’s theme. The show also features various artifacts such as a first edition of Baum’s novel, original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, and the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the famous 1939 film. The exhibit portrays a mixed assemblage of works in technique, material, and concept, and it is brilliantly successful as a poignant collective body. The motifs explored in the exhibition are those of the American landscape, rural life and home, as well as fairy tale, utopia, and dream. The exhibition was curated by Wattis Institute curator, Jens Hoffman and will be on display until December.