Suzanne Anker: Series of prints: "Golden Boy (Stem Cell)"
Endowed with the attribute of being pluripotent, stem cells have the
power to become almost any other type of bodily cell-blood, heart, or
even neuronal. In essence, they are the bodies' own repair kit, making
it possible to regenerate damaged tissue. Because these cells are garnered
from human embryos their status remains controversial in the United States.
"Golden Boy (Stem Cells)" presents the shifting shapes of matter's
reconfiguring to become, in potentia, the corporeal spare part.
Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theoretician
working with genetic imagery. Her work has been shown internationally
in museums and galleries including Walker Art Center, Smithonian Institute,
Phillips Collection, P.S.1. Museum, the Stadtkunst in Köln, Museum
of Modern Art in Japan. In 1994 she curated "Gene Culture: Molecular
Metaphor in Contemporary Art" at Fordham University, the first exhibition
devoted entirely to the intersection of art and gentics. Together with
Dorothy Nelkin she published "The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic
Age" (2003, CSHL Press). Suzanne Anker currently teaches art history
and theory at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she is chair.