Photographer and conceptual artist Christopher Williams’s 35-year career has taken him from the California Institute of the Arts to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he is currently a professor of photography. Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness at the Museum of Modern Art is his first major retrospective and includes over 100 works.
Considered one of the most influential “cinephilic” (movie-centric) artists working today, Williams borrowed the title of his exhibition from a Jean-Luc Godard documentary Marcel where the protagonist describes his hobby editing films as “the production line of happiness.” Williams’s artistic direction has been described as “examining the theoretical and political history of photography within the larger context of image production.” His work explores the synergy of photography, film, architecture and design.
The exhibition focuses mainly on photography but also includes little known Super 8 shorts, major projects from the 1980s and 1990s, large vinyl presentations termed “supergraphics” and display architecture.
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness is on view at the Museum of Modern Art through November 2, 2014.