Liz Kotz on Max Neuhaus

Gallery Talks

September 29, 2007    add to my calendar

Liz Kotz is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002. Dia commissioned an essay to Prof. Kotz for the catalogue on Max Nehaus. Liz Kotz's first book, Words to be Looked At, is a critical study of uses of language in 1960s American art. It starts with the scores and compositions of the experimental American composer John Cage, and traces Cage's impact on 1960s artists and poets, including works by La Monte Young, George Brecht, Jackson Mac Low, Carl Andre, Vito Acconci, Lawrence Weiner and Andy Warhol. Her second book, Six Sound Problems, addresses projects by Cage, David Tudor, La Monte Young, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus and James Tenney.

Although Max Neuhaus was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1939, he spent part of his early childhood in Fishkill, New York, before attending high school in Houston, Texas. From 1957 to 1962, he studied percussion at the Manhattan School of Music, after which he toured the United States and Europe as a percussion soloist and gave recitals at Carnegie Hall. In 1966, he made his first acoustic artwork. Thereafter, he used sound to transform space and perceptions of place in works he termed "sound installations." His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1978); Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (1983); and the Kunsthalle, Bern (1989). He was also included in Documenta 6 (1977) and 9 (1992), the 1983 Whitney Biennial, and the 1999 Venice Biennale. In addition to Times Square (1977) and Time Piece Beacon (2005), which are both in Dia's collection, permanent sound works by Neuhaus include those in Graz, Austria; Geneva, Switzerland; Bern, Switzerland; Turin, Italy; Bordeaux, France; and Kassel, Germany, among other locations

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. Reservations are suggested. Please call Dia:Beacon at 845-440-0100 ext 44.

This series is made possible through the generosity of The Dyson Foundation, The Karan-Weiss Foundation, Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council on the Arts. 
 

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Liz Kotz is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002. Dia commissioned an essay to Prof. Kotz for the catalogue on Max Nehaus. Liz Kotz's first book, Words to be Looked At, is a critical study of uses of language in 1960s American art. It starts with the scores and compositions of the experimental American composer John Cage, and traces Cage's impact on 1960s artists and poets, incl

 
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