University Art Gallery / Room Gallery of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts Presents:

A solo project by Andrea Geyer

Opening Reception Thursday, September 30, 6-9 pm
September 30 – November 20, 2010

UAG/Room Gallery continues its Critical Aesthetics Program with Andrea Geyer's Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb.  Coined the “Architect of the Holocaust,” Adolf Eichmann’s death sentence was executed on May 31, 1962 after his historic trial in a Jerusalem Court. Over the course of this trial, the courtroom in Jerusalem became a worldwide stage for a multitude of struggles for justice, truth, history and the sovereignty of a young nation.  The Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote about these trials and later published her book Eichmann in Jerusalem, a volume that infamously posited the philosophical paradox: the banality of evil.  Some 40 years later, the mid-career German artist Andrea Geyer has conceived an artwork related to these trials called: Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb, which the UAG will mount in Fall, 2010.  Across 6 monitors arranged in a circle around the viewers, this work shows an abstracted trial set in an archive, featuring six characters: Accused, Defense, Judge, Prosecution, Reporter, Audience.  Based on the transcripts of the actual trial as well as the writings of Hannah Arendt, the characters re-enact not so much the trial but its historical trace in the present.  An acknowledgment of history's force as repetition, Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb thus asks us to address our responsibility for this history today.  Curated by Juli Carson