The Museum’s current exhibition Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything explores the connections between Himalayan cultures and the life and work of artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. The exhibition catalog features descriptions of the works of art included in the exhibition, as well as original essays by Breyer P-Orridge and curator Beth Citron, which provide context for the artist’s work and elaborate on the ideas explored in the art.
Below are a few revelations you’ll find in the exhibition catalog. Pick up a copy from our shop for more!
1) The artist’s view of life
Breyer P-Orridge’s view that life is a process of questioning and transformation is embodied through the works featured in the exhibition. H/er re-purposing of images, objects, words, and even h/er body, to create new meanings demonstrates h/er personal transformation and growth, while provokes visitors to question their own assumptions.
2) How the mundane becomes holy
The encoding of meaning that Breyer P-Orridge discusses in this excerpt from the essay “Time Emits,” describes the inspiration behind the site-specific installation comprised of visitor offerings. The objects may appear commonplace or obscure, but many hold profound meaning to their original owners.
3) The artist’s connection to Nepal
“While in Kathmandu with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge this past October in preparation for the exhibition Try to Altar Everything, my overriding feeling was of natural comfort, and it was mutual; as accustomed as s/he is to the place, it is to h/er.”
It was apparent to the exhibition’s curator, Beth Citron, that Breyer P-Orridge felt a personal connection with Kathmandu, Nepal. The artist has been inspired by Nepal throughout h/er career and the spiritual traditions of the Nepali people directly inspired much of the work in the exhibition, Try to Altar Everything.