• Installation detail
    Installation detail
  • Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
    Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
  • Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
    Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
  • Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
    Hunter Reynolds, Patina du Prey
  • Millie Wilson, Lee's Locker
    Millie Wilson, Lee's Locker
  • Millie Wilson, Lee's Locker
    Millie Wilson, Lee's Locker
  • Charles Bon, Paris/Santa Monica Monument Replacement
    Charles Bon, Paris/Santa Monica Monument Replacement
  • Annabel Livermore installation
    Annabel Livermore installation
  • Annabel Livermore painting detail
    Annabel Livermore painting detail
  • Theresa Pendlebury
    Theresa Pendlebury
  • Komar & Melamid, Nickolai Buchumov
    Komar & Melamid, Nickolai Buchumov
  • Komar & Melamid
    Komar & Melamid, Nickolai Buchumov
  • Vernon Fisher, M. Moon
    Vernon Fisher, M. Moon
  • Jan Tumlir and Kevin Sullivan, Paul Varnac
    Jan Tumlir and Kevin Sullivan, Paul Varnac

Altered Egos: Making Art as An(other)
July 9 – September 5, 1994
Santa Monica Museum of Art

Unlike writers who simply adopt a pseudonym, the visual artists in this exhibition assume or appropriate another identifiable personality as an integral part of their artistic process. Some construct a more in-depth, fully developed singular fictitious identity while others prefer to produce work under multiple personae.

The Altered Egos installation started with an historical section that included the famous photograph of Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy (1920) and photo-documentation of contemporary performance artists who have used alter egos: Adrian Piper’s Mythic Being, Lynn Hershman’s Roberta Bretimore, Eleanor Antin’s multiple roles as Eleanora Antinova, the Nurse and the King of Solano Beach and Paul McCarthy’s early role-playing performances such as The Sailor.

The exhibition then continued with more contemporary works by Vernon Fisher (M. Moon), Maxine Henryson and Hunter Reynolds (Patina du Prey), Komar & Melamid (Nikolai Buchumov), Charles LaBelle (Charles Bon) Annabel Livermore (as herself) Theresa Pendlebury (various personalities) Brian Tucker (sci-fi guy) Jan Tumlir and Kevin Sullivan (Paul Varnac).

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