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Then, Not Nauman: Conceptualists of the Early Seventies

January 31, 2007 - April 4, 2007

Pryings, February 28

Bruce Nauman was not alone. In the late sixties and early seventies, artists with a proclivity for the conceptual were toying with the video mechanism as a means to explore, first, the body as palette, and then, with time, issues that were medium-specific, such as the displacement of space and the phenomenology of viewing. Vito Acconci's deliberately provocative physical actions, John Baldessari's deadpan lectures, Joan Jonas's ritualized explorations of female identity, William Wegman's droll accounts of the everyday—each added to an intriguing epoch when the tools of television were co-opted for artistic subversions of the conceptual kind.

Then, Not Nauman is presented in conjunction with the gallery exhibition A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s.

Steve Seid
Video Curator

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
7:30 p.m. Ritual Redux
A literal "body" of works by Bruce Nauman's 1970s contemporaries Vito Acconci, Terry Fox, Joan Jonas, and William Wegman, in which performance is sculpture, the body its medium, the message surprisingly moving.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
7:30 p.m. Body Armor
In the mid-'70s, artists did amazing things with the body and the film frame in order to activate internal states. Featured: Charlemagne Palestine, Rita Myers, Vito Acconci, Susan Mogul, and Paul McCarthy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
7:30 p.m. Am I Making Art
Key early-'70s videoworks by Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson linger on language and offer deadpan definitions of the state of the art.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
7:30 p.m. The Medium Is
Body merges with medium and artists exploit repetition to explore the phenomenology of televisual communication. Works by Lynda Benglis, Peter Campus, Hermine Freed, Dan Graham, and Richard Serra.

Presented with support from the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Endowment.