Art & Language
The Weather Underground
Christopher P. Heuer
Matthew Jesse Jackson
Jackson Pollock Bar
The Project for the New American Century
The Size Queens
Anne M. Wagner
Franz Erhard Walther
'Our Literal Speed' manifests the imperatives that materialize the theoretical and the pedagogical. A conference and an exhibition with: Art & Language, Walter Benjamin, John Bock and others. 'High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975'. The exhibition, which recounts the development from 1967 to 1975 in five different thematic blocks, collects approximately 50 works from 40 artists living and working in New York at the time.
Our Literal Speed / High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975
OUR LITERAL SPEED
DER PERFORMATIVE DISKURS
»OUR LITERAL SPEED« manifests the imperatives that materialize the theoretical and the pedagogical. No longer can we interpret forms of academic and artistic professionalism as neutral, abstract backgrounds to the aesthetic and performative. These activities have produced their own distinctive surfaces and materials: the »aesthetic« has become discursive and »discourse« has become aesthetic. Rather than a series of academic lectures, »OUR LITERAL SPEED« is imagined as a kind of »media pop opera« or a »pedagogical concept album,« implying fluid and/or jagged transitions among scholarly presentations, panel discussions, artist’s talks, performances, and an art exhibition within an academic conference. These emerging, hybrid forms demand a synthesis of collective activity (»OUR«), a self-reflexive examination of art history and its constitutive technologies (»LITERAL«), and an intense concern for the pace and texture of our movement through institutional mediation (»SPEED«). The project offers a temporary discursive laboratory in which artists and curators, art historians and media theorists can investigate non-formulaic, experientially vibrant and theoretically precise responses to the modes of distribution, consumption and circulation that drive contemporary art.
»OUR LITERAL SPEED« will be continued with further conference-events at the University of Chicago (2009), and at The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2010).
In cooperation with the University of Chicago and The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
With: Art & Language, Walter Benjamin, John Bock, Tania Bruguera & The Weather Underground, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Anthony Cokes, Darby English, Andrea Fraser, Rainer Ganahl, Boris Groys, Charles Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Christopher P. Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Jackson Pollock Bar, David Joselit, Juliet Koss, Miwon Kwon, Porter McCray, WJT Mitchell, Hila Peleg, Andrew Perchuk, The Project for the New American Century, Tino Sehgal, The Size Queens, Anton Vidokle, Anne M. Wagner, Peter Weibel
High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975
Curated by Katy Siegel, artistic advisor David Reed.
In the late 1960s, New York's art world was an exciting place. New media such as performance and video art were being discovered and sculpture was rapidly developing in a variety of directions. High Times, Hard Times recalls this era's vibrancy and significance. Experimental, abstract painting played a major role and explored the medium's borders.
The exhibition, which recounts the development from 1967 to 1975 in five different thematic blocks, collects approximately 50 works from 40 artists living and working in New York at the time. Yayoi Kusama, Alan Shields, Lee Lozano, Richard Tuttle, Mary Heilmann, and others evolved-influenced by the social transformation and burning political issues of the late 1960s and early 1970s-works that expressed joy, passion, anger, and the limits of imagination. At the same time, they expanded the conventional concepts of what painting could possibly mean. Nearly half of the abstract painters whose works are presented in High Times, Hard Times are women who were ignored by the influential art critics during their creative period. In the works of these women, the critics saw merely the production of an eccentric expression, and no renewal of the medium, per se. Afro-American artists, such as Al Loving, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell, and Jack Whitten; as well as artists from abroad who lived for a time in New York (Yayoi Kusama, Blinky Palermo, César Paternosto, and Franz Erhard Walther), were likewise denied official recognition.
The exhibition High Times, Hard Times shows images from a time of great transformation: the experiments with surfaces, the picture carrier, space; with installation, video, and performance thus surround and embody the liberal spirit of this era as well as painting's possibilities as medium.
High Times, Hard Times promises the rediscovery of a forgotten slice of art history. Subsequent to »MindFrames. Media Study at Buffalo 1973-1990,« the ZKM | Karlsruhe is again devoting an exhibition to the examination of art's development and the influential trends in the 1960s and 1970s.
High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975 is a traveling exhibition organized by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. Katy Siegel is guest curator of the exhibition, and David Reed is her artistic advisor. Exhibition, tour, and catalogue were made possible by the support of the Peter Norton Family Foundation; the Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; the iCI International Associates; and the iCI Exhibition Partners Kenneth S. Kuchin, as well as Gerrit and Sydie Lansing.
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