Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?
December 3, 2011 to March 11, 2012
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? is the first exhibition in the United States of the Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro. Commissioned by and created especially for the Corcoran, the exhibition is the third exhibition in the NOW at the Corcoran series, a program dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Exploring the aspirations of space exploration and the physical realities of food consumption, the exhibition draws from American history, literature, pop culture, and current affairs.
Occupying two spaces at the Corcoran, Healy and Cordeiro’s project consists of a site-specific, gallery installation, Are We There Yet?, and a number of wall works constructed from Lego that continue the series Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why (2010–11). The artists’ materials are the “readymades” found on our supermarket shelves and in toy stores, repurposed in the context of the museum. Are We There Yet? is a fanciful meditation on space travel, coming 50 years after the first human journey into outer space and the more recent shuttering of NASA’s space shuttle program.
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and supported by the Australian Government through the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C. and the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Corcoran Contemporaries.