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Chains and Videos create modern Mona Lisa in new ASU Art Museum exhibition

Three Blind Mice in a Superstore hanging sublime unique work

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

January 02, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. – Made from anodized aluminum chains, Philippe Bradshaw’s rendition of the Mona Lisa hangs from the gallery ceiling like colorful beaded curtains or macramé from the early ’70s.
Philippe Bradshaw: Chains and Videos is now open at the ASU Art Museum and features video projections onto chain surfaces, creating an unlikely but striking pairing. It is the first solo exhibition by the British-born artist in a United States museum. The exhibition runs through Sept. 13, when a free public reception from 7-9 p.m. will mark its closing and that of other summer exhibitions at the museum.
Among the single and multi-channel works in the exhibition is Three Blind Mice in a Superstore hanging sublime unique work, which features the modern-day Mona Lisa. From video art and the Mona Lisa, to driving dance club music and a museum setting, Bradshaw re-examines traditional perception and environmental settings.

Philippe Bradshaw was born in Lincolnshire, U.K., in 1965. From 1993-98 he worked with Andrea Mason as the collaborative partnership Andrea + Philippe. Their work involved numerous site-specific non-gallery projects, most famously glazing the apertures of wartime bunkers around the countryside.
The projects culminated in the solo show Landfill at London’s Independent Art Space in 1997, where they created a faux estate agent to sell the concept. London-based Bradshaw has worked independently since 1998. In 2000 he was named one of the recipients of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award.
This exhibition is presented courtesy of the collection of Claudio Cesar and the Cesar Foundation for the Preservation of Digital Art Media.

The ASU Art Museum is a division of The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. It is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. For more information, please call (480) 965-2787 or visit the museum online at

When You Go:

Location: ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, corner Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe.

Date & Time: Philippe Bradshaw: Chains and Videos runs May 31 – Sept. 13. A joint public reception in conjunction with other exhibitions will mark the closing of Philippe Bradshaw: Chains and Videos, 7-9 p.m., Sept. 13.

Parking: Free parking is available in ASU Art Museum-marked spaces at the south end of Tempe Center, located at the NE corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street. Visitors using museum spaces must sign in at the front desk in the lobby of the Nelson Fine Arts Center. ASU parking is also free on weekends and after 7 p.m. on weeknights.


Cost: Free

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Jennifer Pringle