Walter De Maria
Jan van der Marck
The exhibition illuminates the nature of art by focusing on the creative processesÂ¾from the initial moment of inspiration to the final compositionÂ¾of a broad selection of works by celebrated artists from the early 1930s to the present
The MIT List Visual Arts Center opens its fall season with After the Beginning and Before the End, October 17, 2002 through January 5, 2003. The exhibition illuminates the nature of art by focusing on the creative processesÂ¾from the initial moment of inspiration to the final compositionÂ¾of a broad selection of works by celebrated artists from the early 1930s to the present. This collection focuses on the artist's thinking process and the idea of how to execute a work, as well as documentation of that thinking process. The exhibition includes over 220 examples of "Instruction Drawings," in a variety of forms, such as working drawings, installation instructions, musical scores, sketches, visual or textural memoranda, fabrication notes, and work records. Artists featured in the exhibition include Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Walter De Maria, Andrew Goldsworthy, Rebecca Horn, Sol LeWitt, Piet Mondrian, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Carolee Schneemann, Roni Horn, Robert Gober and many others. All of the works are from the collection of Gilbert and Lila Silverman, Detroit, MI.
The exhibition is divided into 8 categories including Minimal Art; Performance/Happening; Photo/Video; Land Art; Sketches for Painting and Sculpture; Classic Modern; Pop/Geometric Abstraction; and Architecture/Political Art.
After the Beginning and Before the End is accompanied by the fully illustrated 180-page exhibition catalogue with a complete list of the collection, acquired through the year 2000. Organized and published by Bergen Kunstmuseum, it features an introduction by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Jon Hendricks, exhibition curators, and a special essay by curator/critic Jan van der Marck. The collector, Gilbert Silverman also contributed an essay, "Instruction Drawing" which reveals how the collection began.
On considering "Instruction Drawings" as permanent records of the evanescent origins of creative thought Moderated by Jan van der Marck. Panel participants: Jon Hendricks, exhibition curator, Gilbert Silverman, Carolee Schneemann, and other artists in the exhibition (TBA)
Friday, October 18, 5:30-7PM
Gallery Talk by Guest Artist John Maeda, MIT Media Lab professor and visual artist.
Wednesday, November 13, 6PM
Bill Arning, curator
Wednesday, November 20, at 12PM and Friday, November 22 at 6PM
Regular Gallery Talks:
Hiroko Kikuchi, Education/Outreach Coordinator and other lecturers Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2PM
(On Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and 22, the talk includes hands-on activities about "Instruction Drawings")
After the Beginning and Before the End is generously supported by the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Council for the Arts at MIT
Image: Roy Lichtenstein, Breck Girl, 1956 Graphite on magazine
MIT List Visual Arts Center 20 Ames Street Cambridge, Massachusetts USA