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Standardized Patient

24 March - 19 May 2018
Opening: 24 March  6 - 8 pm


1301 is please to announce Standardized Patient, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Kerry Tribe.  This will be her third exhibition at the gallery.

Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA) in 2017, Standardized Patient offers insight into the work of Standardized Patients or "SPs," professional actors trained to portray medical patients in simulated clinical encounters.  When working with medical students, SPs remain in character and manifest specific symptoms while simultaneously evaluating their doctors-in-training for constructive feedback and grading.  Developed in close collaboration with professional clinicians, communcation experts and SPs working at Stanford Medical School and the University of Southern California, Standardized Patient continues Tribe's ongoing inquiry into the life sciences and medicine while raising questions around performance, communication, and empathy.  As with earlier works like H.M., 2009, and Aphasia Poetry Club, 2015, the internal structures of its narrative development and the physical conditions of its installation mirror the social and cognitive conditions of its subjects.  The installation's central projection screen presents a progression of medical students meeting with their SPs on one side, while, on the other, a synchronized montage of supporting materials offering glimpses of the scripts, snapshots and diagnostic flow charts that inform each party's perspective.

1301PE's ground floor features a second video installation, = , 2017.  Playing on a large flat screen monitor mounted to the ceiling, = consists entirely of aerial shots of the Los Angeles River captured during the production of Tribe's 2016 film Exquisite Corpse.  Viewers look straight up at the footage that was shot looking straight down, resulting in a disorienting inversion.  = is the latest in a series of works that occupy an ongoin, more abstract tendency in Tribe's oeuvre in which nature and natural phenomena are described through technically mediated, highly restrained filmic forms.

Tribe has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (SF MoMA); Parque Galeria, Mexico City' 356 Mission Rd., Los Angeles; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Carpenter Center, Cambridge; and the Contemporary Art Center, Irvine.  She has staged performances at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco and the TATE Modern.  In 2017 she received an Herb Alpert Award in Film and Video, a California Community Foundation Fellowship in 2015, an Artadia Award in 2013, and both a USA Artist Fellowship and Creative Capital Grant in 2012.  In 2016 the City of Los Angeles awarded Tribe a public commission to produce Exquisite Corpse, a film about the Los Angeles River, which will screen nightly on the Hight Line in New York, Summer 2018.

Earlier Event: January 19
Later Event: May 19