Provenance Amie Siegel 2013 HD video 40 min 30 sec. installation view, Simon Preston, New York
The protagonist of multimedia artist Amie Siegel’s new video Provenance, on view at the Simon Preston Gallery in New York City through this Sunday, is a chair. Not any chair, mind you, but one designed by renowned modernist architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. And not even a chair, really, but a design aesthetic—an iconic wooden teepee—that captivates in much the same way Hollywood royalty might. Which helps makes Siegel’s 40-minute big-screen journey around the world—and through time—a surprisingly emotional, funny, and all-around majestic viewing experience.