Episode: Regina Frank

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Regina Frank

IMG_0357Regina Frank has been exhibiting her installations under the title “The Artist is Present” internationally since 1989 in windows, museums and public spaces.

Her first book the “The Artist is Present” was published in 1999. After the adaptation of her title at MOMA she changed to “The Art is Present” in 2015 introducing the focus on the Art: going deeper into the present and the artists gift.

Regina Frank has lectured at Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London, New York University, The Metropolitan Museum, the Bronx Museum in New York, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, at M.I.T. Boston, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her works have been displayed at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Serpentine Gallery in London, Kunsthalle in Berlin, Reina Sofia in Madrid, MOCA in Los Angeles, Spiral Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, ARCO in Madrid, the Art Institute in Chicago, 2001 Expo Hannover and 2003 San Diego Museum of Art. iLAND launched in 2011 and in 2013 during the Venice Biennale- (Infraction). In 2012 it travelled to Chicago, Munich, Portugal, Finnland, France, Holland and China. Learn more on her website here.


Whiteness in Decay ​2003, San Diego Museum of Art and Sushi Center for Performance Art, San Diego What feeds your soul?


iLand A dress like an island is depicting landscapes of major environmental issues. Frank moves so slow that her movement can only be deciphered on time lapse film.


L’Adieu – Pearls Before Gods (1993, window of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York)(duration: 28 days): In this performance at the window of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York I worked daily, sewing pearls onto a white silk gown, and revealed the relationship of women’s labor to global pay scales. My wage was calculated each day at the rate of a different country, and I used the money for symbolic purchases of flowers and bread, as food for the soul and body. Time and money are valued differently depending on who is spending the time and who is spending the money.


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