Barbara Bloom in Conversation with Kelly Kivland
October 27, 2020, 5 pm, Dia Online
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 5 pm
Live on Zoom
On the occasion of Dia’s Artist Web Projects’ twenty-fifth anniversary as well as the recent restoration initiative involving several works, Dia is planning a series of conversations with artists who have participated in the program. The first conversation, between Barbara Bloom and Dia curator Kelly Kivland, will focus on the Artist Web Project Half Full — Half Empty (2008), which takes absence, domesticity, and time as its subjects. The work presents three parallel dialogues that occur at different points in time: past, present, and future. Using the virtual platform as a stage, the viewer encounters a dining table—a digital still life in which people are absent, yet their actions are implied by the movement of objects. In this conversation, Bloom will speak to the origins of the project, its realization, as well as how the current moment has given heightened focus to our domestic lives.
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Barbara Bloom was born in 1951 in Los Angeles, California. Bloom is a visual artist whose conceptual practice is often centered on photography and installation. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Friedricianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Kunstverein München, Munich. Bloom lives in New York City.
Kelly Kivland is curator at Dia Art Foundation, where she has organized exhibitions and projects by artists including Carl Craig (2020); Nancy Holt (2018–19); Joëlle Tuerlinckx (2018); François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2017); Isabel Lewis (2016); and Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi (2015), among others. Previously, as assistant curator at Dia, she helped organize Thomas Hirschhorn’s 2013 Gramsci Monument in New York City, Jean-Luc Moulène (2011) at Dia Beacon, and the Yvonne Rainer retrospective (2011–12) also at Dia Beacon. She also currently curates the ongoing Artists on Artists Lecture Series amongst other programs. She holds a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.