DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present EXENE CERVENKA’s first New York exhibition. On view in America the Beautiful will be journals and mixed media collages dating from 1974 through 2005 by one of the founding members of the seminal Los Angeles punk group, X. The exhibition was originally organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and guest curators Kristine McKenna and Michael Duncan.

The exhibition will feature a selection of journals from the collection of approximately 100 that CERVENKA has completed over the past thirty-one years, as well as eighteen collages. CERVENKA’s journals combine rough drafts of songs and personal reflections rendered in a baroque calligraphic script with photographs, drawings and scraps of ephemera found while traveling as a musician. Similarly, the collages are created from found materials to form an interpretative composite portrait of the country she’s come to know through her life experiences on the road.

An icon of Los Angeles’s seventies punk scene, EXENE CERVENKA is known internationally for her work with the critically acclaimed band, X. Today she continues her musical career with X as well as in solo performances and participation in bands such as The Knitters, Auntie Christ and The Original Sinners. A visual and spoken word artist for more than thirty years, CERVENKA has also published four volumes of poetry.


Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful

Exene Cervenka

America the Beautiful
January 7 - February 11, 2006

Installation Views


4 Marys in One Hour

Exene Cervenka, 4 Marys in One Hour, 2005


Exene Cervenka, Orange, 2005

Ticket on the Heartbreak Express

Exene Cervenka, Ticket on the Heartbreak Express, 2004

Love Swing

Exene Cervenka, Love Swing, 2004


Exene Cervenka, AWOL, 2000

We Are Sorry

Exene Cervenka, We Are Sorry, 2002

National Account

Exene Cervenka, National Account, 1983

The Prairie State

Exene Cervenka, The Prairie State, 1982

Beyond & Back

Exene Cervenka, Beyond & Back, 1981

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