Exhibitions > Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977
Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977
December 13, 2011–March 11, 2012
Regenstein Hall and Galleries 271–273
December 10–12, 10:30–5:00
Among its many accomplishments, the pioneering movement known broadly as Conceptual Art succeeded in bringing photography definitively into the mainstream of contemporary art. Artists such as Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Eleanor Antin, and Sigmar Polke took up the production of new photographs—as opposed to using found images from mass media and consumer culture like the Pop artists—and placed photography firmly on an equal basis with avant-garde painting and sculpture. They did this by exploiting the photographic image in every way possible: in books, slides, canvases, films, and room-size installations. The results were liberating for all the arts and made it possible for contemporary art to become a field without a medium. Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977, the very first museum exhibition to examine the pathbreaking role photography played in these critical years, brings to the fore work from the Italian group Arte Povera as well as artists from Eastern Europe who are rarely shown in the United States, and includes many pieces that have not been seen in decades by such major artists as Mel Bochner, Tony Conrad, Michael Heizer, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Emilio Prini. More than 140 works by 57 artists fill Regenstein Hall in an exhibition that will only be seen in Chicago.
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18 hours 52 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 14 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory