Jennifer Mackiewicz on Michael Heizer

Gallery Talks

August 30, 2008    add to my calendar

Jennifer Mackiewicz worked for Michael Heizer for eleven years as the artist's assistant and Operations Manager for the Heizer Studio. She continues to serve as the artist's liaison and is Vice-President of the Triple Aught Foundation, founded to preserve the artist's archives and to see the completion of the City project. Ms. Mackiewicz received her Bachelor's in Studio Arts from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is currently working as an arts consultant and pursuing her personal art practice.

Michael Heizer was born in Berkeley, California, in 1944, the son of the anthropologist Robert Heizer. After briefly attending the San Francisco Art Institute in 1963-64, he moved to New York in 1966. In 1967 Heizer began creating large Earthworks, primarily in California and Nevada. For his first one-person show, at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, in 1969, he removed 1,000 tons of earth in a conical shape to create Munich Depression. He followed this with Double Negative, a displacement of over 240,000 tons of earth to make two vast incisions opposite one another on the edge of Virgin River mesa, Nevada. Heizer's next one-person show was at the Dwan Gallery, New York, in 1970, and that same year he exhibited in the International Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Major exhibitions of his work have been staged at institutions such as the Museum Folkwang, Essen (1979), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984). Heizer lives in Nevada, where he continues to work on City, a sculptural complex begun in 1970 currently supported by Dia and Lannan Foundation.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. 
 

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Jennifer Mackiewicz worked for Michael Heizer for eleven years as the artist's assistant and Operations Manager for the Heizer Studio. She continues to serve as the artist's liaison and is Vice-President of the Triple Aught Foundation, founded to preserve the artist's archives and to see the completion of the City project. Ms. Mackiewicz received her Bachelor's in Studio Arts from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is currently working as an arts consultant and pursuing her personal

 
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