Looking for an Empty Seat: Be Careful of Your Utmost Desires

Yes, this is one of those many times when living in DC rocks: The National Gallery presents Jenny Holzer ( part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series which provides a forum for distinguished artists to discuss the genesis and evolution of their work in their own words) .   Thank you Diamonstein-Speilvogels, whose name I just like saying, and all peoples with money donating to perpetuate the dissemination of the arts.  Do you feel  me yawning chasm of economic disparity?  At any rate, tell it like it is sister herself, Jenny Holzer will be engaged in a little q&a and I am happy to say I will be there!! Come and join, but wear comfortable shoes, and be early.

© Jenny Holzer, I Can’t Tell You

BTW, I had a professor in graduate school who did not like photographs that relied upon text as a rule.  I’m just saying.

May 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Jenny Holzer in conversation with Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium

Jenny Holzer’s powerful text-based work has enlivened public spaces for nearly thirty-five years. Born in 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio, Holzerholds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and honorary doctorates, including those from Williams College (2000), the New School (2005), and Smith College (2009). In 1977, while enrolled in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, she began work on her breakthrough Truisms. A series of witty and salient aphorisms that she composed and printed on posters, these works were distributed anonymously in the urban environment. They have subsequently appeared on materials as diverse as billboards, marble benches, and what have become the best known of her media, LED signs. In 1990, Holzer was the first woman to have a solo presentation in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, for which she was awarded the Golden Lion. She stopped writing her own texts in 2001, choosing instead to borrow language from writers, philosophers, poets, and political figures for such works as her large-scale projections on the sides of buildings and landscapes. Since 2004, she has mined declassified government documents for the series Redaction Paintings. In 2010, Holzer gave the Gallery six Redaction Paintings, each depicting the censored handprint of an American soldier accused of committing crime in Iraq. Holzer lives and works in New York.

www.nga.gov/programs/lectures/#diamonsteinspielvogel (lecture information)
www.nga.gov/podcasts/diamonstein-spielvogel/index.shtm (Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series podcasts)
www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=152280 (Learn about the Redaction Paintings)

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series provides a forum for distinguished artists to discuss the genesis and evolution of their work in their own words. Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and the Honorable Carl Spielvogel generously endowed this series in 1997 to make such conversations available to the public. Recordings from this program are available at www.nga.gov/podcasts/diamonstein-spielvogel.

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