Colloquium: Franz Erhard Walther’s First Work Set: Actions, Instructions, and Presence, 1963–1969

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 11am–5pm    add to my calendar

<p>Franz Erhard Walther, <i>Kopf Leib Glieder</i>, 1967. "Franz Erhard Walther: Work<br>  
as Action," Beacon, NY. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, NY. Photo: Paula Court.

Franz Erhard Walther, Kopf Leib Glieder, 1967. "Franz Erhard Walther: Work
as Action," Beacon, NY. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, NY. Photo: Paula Court.


Stimulated by a desire to provoke new English-language scholarship on and inquiry into Franz Erhard Walther’s oeuvre, this colloquium takes the exhibition "Work As Action" as an opportunity to invite writers, curators, scholars, fellow artists, and the public to respond directly to the landmark 58-element work First Work Set—exhibited for the first time in its totality in the United States since 1969.


Colloquium Speakers

Barbara Clausen is a curator and an art historian working and living in Montreal and Vienna. She is currently a guest professor in the art history department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2010 she completed her PhD in art history at the University of Vienna, with a dissertation on Babette Mangolte’s photographs and films of performance art, theater, and dance in th 1970s. She has recently curated a series of performance exhibitions and events at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna Stiftung Ludwig and is currently organizing an exhibition of the work of Mangolte at VOX, Montréal, for 2012.

Rachel Haidu is associate professor in the department of art and art history and the graduate program in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. She has written several essays on the work of Gerhard Richter, including one in the upcoming catalogue Gerhard Richter: Panorama, as well as on other artists, including James Coleman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Chantal Akerman, and Edward Krasinski. Her book The Absence of Work: Marcel Broodthaers 1964–1976, was published by October Books/MIT Press in 2010.

Ulrike Müller is an Austria-born, New York-based artist whose practice encompasses painting and drawing as well as writing, performance, and publishing to create spaces of excitement and reflection. Her recent work has been exploring the contemporary use value of abstraction in relation to interactions between objects and bodies.

Anne Rorimer is based in Chicago and is an independent scholar and freelance curator. Formerly, she was a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked closely during the 1970s and 1980s with artists from the Conceptual period. In 1995 she was the co-curator (with Ann Goldstein) of Reconsidering the Object of Art, 1965–1975, organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is the author of New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality (Thames & Hudson, 2001/2004) and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals.

Gregory H. Williams is assistant professor of art history at Boston University. His book Permission to Laugh: Humor and Politics in Contemporary German Art, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012.

Erik Verhagen is assistant professor the history of contemporary art at the University of Valenciennes.

Jennifer Winkworth is a curator who included Walther’s First Work Set in her seminal exhibition, “Spaces,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1969–70. Winkworth is currently vice president of the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France.

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