Lecture / Reading

Art History Lecture Series: Miwon Kwon

Sponsored by Cantor Arts Center Membership Executive Council


Thursday, December 1, 2011
5:30 pm –
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Cummings Art Building, AR2

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Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974

Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974 is the first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with Land Art, capturing the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far from familiar art contexts.  In addition to attending to the long-overlooked performative and process dimensions of works by artists such as Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, or Nancy Holt, Ends of the Earth positions Land Art as a media practice as much as a sculptural one, focusing on the extent to which photography, film, and television served an integral part of its formation.  The exhibition will also provide an international perspective to challenge the myth of Land Art as primarily a North American phenomenon and question the presumption that this art of remote locations and difficult landscapes sought to escape the art system.

Miwon Kwon is trained in architecture, holds a MA in photography, and has extensive curatorial experience from her tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1990s. She received her Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University in 1998, the same year in which she joined the faculty at UCLA to teach contemporary art history (post-1945). Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies. She was a founding co-editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992-2004), and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, such as Francis Alÿs, Michael Asher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jimmie Durham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Josiah McElheny, Christian Philipp Müller, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Richard Serra, and Do Ho Suh, among others. 

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