Aronofsky Hosting Fountains of the Deep 'Noah' Art Exhibition in NYC
by Alex Billington
February 20, 2014
Yes! This sounds awesome. Paramount has officially announced that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky will present an exhibition of contemporary artwork inspired by the biblical saga of Noah and the Ark. The exhibition will be titled, in full: "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and will contain artwork curated by Aronofsky that compliments the release of highly-anticipated upcoming film Noah (watch the latest trailers). The gallery will open in New York on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and run for a few weeks, coinciding with the theatrical release of Noah on March 28th later that month. More below.
"While writing the script for Noah, I wondered how my favorite artists would interpret the iconic text. So I decided to ask a few of them to return to Genesis and create an image of their own," Aronofsky reveals. "This exhibit is the collection of their work: in painting, in drawing, in photography, in sculpture and in music." Sounds like it's going to be immersive. The "Fountains of the Deep" exhibition opens on Friday March 7th, 2014 located at 462 West Broadway in New York and runs through Saturday, March 29th. There hasn't been too much artwork revealed yet, but they say we'll see teases at @DarrenAronofsky soon.
The exhibition includes work from 50 internationally-recognized artists, from celebrated contemporary artists Ugo Rondinone, Sue Williams, Karen Kilimnik, Mike Nelson, and Nan Goldin to comic book legends like Jim Lee, Jim Woodring and Simon Bisley, a leading contributor to Heavy Metal magazine and graffiti duo Faile. Of special note is the work of the now-deceased Reverend Howard Finster, a folk iconoclast whocreated album covers for the Talking Heads and R.E.M. Each artist was handpicked by Aronofsky, who asked many to create original pieces in their own medium, in the same way that he approached the story of Noah: by exploring the evocative and timeless themes found in the Book of Genesis.
The exhibition is a collaboration with Dominic Teja Sidhu, an independent curator and creative director focused on media as a platform for curatorial practice, whose work encompasses contemporary art, cinema and fashion imagery. Sidhu curated a series of works by Rudolf Stingel, Vija Celmins, Nick Mauss, and others that appear in a fictive character state within the scenes of Aronofsky's film Black Swan. We'll keep you updated on any of the major art reveals for the Noah show, as well as additional marketing planned for the movie leading up to its release in late March. See the latest trailer and stay tuned for more updates soon.