Symposium: The Bay Area Concept: Bruce Nauman and the Late Sixties
March 10, 2007; 5:00 p.m.
Who and what contributed to the formation of Bruce Nauman’s uncommonly original and influential art? The exhibition A Rose Has No Teeth establishes where—Northern California—and when: the late sixties. This symposium will explore the artistic and intellectual activity that made up the creative context in which Nauman’s art and thought developed.
Senior Curator for Exhibitions Constance Lewallen will begin with a presentation about the artist’s early work. Looking at how the Bay Area art scene of the time influenced Nauman, James Melchert, UC Berkeley professor emeritus in art practice, will also consider Nauman’s impact upon his fellow artists. Robert Riley, media curator and writer, and founding curator of media arts at SFMoMA, will discuss Nauman’s early video and film. Hans Sluga, UC Berkeley professor of philosophy, will talk about the importance of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s writings (from which the exhibition title derives) in the 1960s and, in particular, for Nauman. The artist’s relation to performance will be addressed by noted multimedia artist Meredith Monk. Exploring the importance of language in Nauman’s work, Craig Douglas Dworkin, associate professor of English at the University of Utah, will focus on the influence of Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Nabokov.
Following the presentations, Constance Lewallen will moderate a discussion and question-and-answer session.
Public programs presented in association with A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s are supported in part by Rena Bransten and Robin Wright.