Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Paris, 2013. Photo: Erich Koyama.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Presented at:
Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Past Lectures

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30pm

Russell Ferguson

Curator and author Russell Ferguson has organized numerous exhibitions, including The Undiscovered Country, Larry Johnson, Francis Alÿs, Wolfgang Tillmans, Patty Chang, and Christian Marclay, all at the Hammer Museum; and In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O’Hara and American Art, Liz Larner, and Douglas Gordon at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. With Kerry Brougher, he organized Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 for the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 for The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Ferguson will discuss his upcoming Hammer exhibition, Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition. He is a professor in the UCLA Department of Art.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:00pm

Charles Gaines

Presented in the EDA, Broad Art Center, Room 1250

Highly regarded as both a leading practitioner of conceptualism and an influential educator at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines is celebrated for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper that investigate how rules-based procedures construct order and meaning. Working serially in progressive and densely layered bodies of works, Gaines explores the interplay between objectivity and interpretation, the systematic and the poetic. Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989, organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem, and on view at the Hammer Museum through May 24 features his groundbreaking work which serves as a critical bridge between the first generation conceptualists of the 1960s and 1970s and those artists of later generations exploring the limits of subjectivity and language. It is the first museum survey of the early years of a career that now spans four decades. This lecture takes place on the UCLA campus in the Broad Art Center EDA.Lecture co-hosted with UCLA Design Media Arts
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Nancy Rubins, MoMA & Airplane Parts at Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, 2003.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30pm

Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins' large scale, outdoor sculptures are on permanent display at institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and l'Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France. Her solo exhibitions include those hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ARTPACE, San Antonio; Miami Art Museum; Fonds regional d'art contemporain de Bourgogne, France; SculptureCenter, Long Island, New York; Lincoln Center, New York; and Navy Pier, Chicago. Her work is part of numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Rubins was born in Naples, Texas, raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore (BFA, 1974) and the University of California, Davis (MFA, 1976). She currently lives and works in Topanga Canyon, California.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:30pm

James Benning

Acclaimed experimental filmmaker, James Benning was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1942. He has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Austin Film Society, National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Austrian Film Museum in Vienna, presented a retrospective of his films in 2007. Recent work, Two Cabins, centers around two cabins that he replicated on his property in the Sierra foothills: Henry David Thoreau's shelter from Walden Pond and Ted Kaczynski's plywood shack. His installations have been staged at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels. Earlier this year, he had his first solo museum exhibition, Decoding Fear, at Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. His films have shown throughout Asia, the Americas, and Europe. He teaches film/video at CalArts.
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This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the William D. Feldman Family Endowed Art Lecture Fund and is hosted by the Hammer Museum.

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