Jennifer + Kevin McCoy


Tuesday, March 27, 2012
March 27–28, 2012

Index is a commissioned public art installation by Rensselaer arts alumni Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, which consists of multiple sculptures filmed via small, live cameras. The resulting software based video presentation, as well as the models, appear throughout our public spaces. Over the span of the exhibition, the artists will add sculptures at various locations in the building.

Inspired by a J.G. Ballard short story called The Index, in which an alphabetized list of people and places point to global conspiracy, the McCoys’ project examines the Ballardesque scenes of today, referencing globalization, technology, mass migrations, and war. Corporate campuses, film sets, Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, and factories all collide in a globalized mediated framework that exists to support utopian goals, even as it rests upon resource depletion, financial instabilities, and entropic decay. These problems of environmental and economic collapse persist in the face of the never-changing rhetoric of the assumed benefits of the technological future.

March 27 — Fireside Chat

Come enjoy a raging virtual fire, actual s'mores/hot chocolate and real-time access to some truly amazing minds (including Rensselaer alumni artists, Jennifer + Kevin McCoy, and our staff—who have a great deal in common with many current students), as we discuss experimental arts careers and artists. 6:30 PM. FREE.

March 28 — Artist Talk

Please join Rensselaer’s Hudson Mohawk Alumni Chapter, the Arts Department, and EMPAC, for a brief artist talk, reception, and preview of the latest work, Index, by Rensselaer alumni Jennifer & Kevin McCoy both MFA Class of 1994. 6:00 PM. FREE.

Special viewing hours:

This exhibition is visible during regular building hours 12–6 PM Monday–Saturday, and additionally until 9 PM this spring during evening public events. Please note the following exceptions:


Monday, March 19th–Thursday, March 22nd, until 6 PM
Friday, March 23rd + Saturday, March 24th, CLOSED


Sunday, April 1st, 5–9 PM
Tuesday, April 10th, thru 6 PM
Saturday, April 28th, until 8 PM


Saturday, May 5th, until 6 PM
Sunday, May 13th, 4–8 PM

Kathleen Forde

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy's multimedia artworks examine the genres and conventions of filmmaking, memory, and language. They are known for constructing subjective databases of existing material and making fragmentary miniature film sets with lights, video cameras, and moving sculptural elements to create live cinematic events. Recent projects extend this work to autobiographical and political themes. They are the 2011 recipients of a Guggenheim Fellowship and were the 2005 recipients of the Wired Rave Award for Art. The McCoys’ work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally—their most recent shows include z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Film Institute Southbank in London, Hannover Kunstverein, the Beall Center in Irvine, CA, PKM Gallery in Beijing, the San Jose Museum of Art, Palazzo delle Papesse, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Artists Space in New York. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the 12c Museum in Louisville, KY. They live in New York City.

Jennifer + Kevin McCoy
This installation includes special viewing hours. See above.
Multiple Venues
April 6October 13, 2012
Fireside Chat with the McCoys
Video Gallery
March 27, 2012, 6:30PM
Artist Talk
Evelyn’s Cafe
March 28, 2012, 6PM
Return to Quote Unquote

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA