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Intersections: Nicholas and Sheila Pye

The Coronation


The Coronation by Nicholas and Sheila Pye

Intersections artists Nicholas and Sheila Pye present The Coronation (2008)

Sheila Pye was born near Hamilton, Canada. She studied painting, photography, and video at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where she met Nicholas, an English born artist who was also studying there at the time. Together, they continued their graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal, where they both received MFA degrees in film production. Since then, the couple collaborated extensively in performance, cinema, and large-format still photography, yet maintained separate artistic practices: Sheila in film directing, and Nicholas in photography, sound, and video art. The Pyes have exhibited their collaborative work, nationally and internationally, including at The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, among others. The Pyes’ work has been screened in numerous international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland; and Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. Their most recent photographic work is shown at Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C., concurrently with the installation at the Phillips.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

Intersections is supported by Phillips International Forum members.