Official Welcome

Date:

2003

Artist:

Andrea Fraser
American, born 1965

About this artwork

Andrea Fraser is a performance and video artist who has been regarded primarily as a pioneer of "institutional critique," since she structures her work around existing museum practices and protocols such as gallery talks and welcome speeches. Although they often begin rationally, her performances progressively unravel, frequently devolving into discussion of eccentric topics or performances of taboo behaviors. Spanning more than a decade, the five works in the Art Institute’s collection are among Fraser’s earliest and most influential creations.

Both Inaugural Speech and Official Welcome parody the rhetorical functions of institutional opening events. Inaugural Speech deals with the politics of international group exhibitions of contemporary art in an era of increasing globalization. Official Welcome questions the relationship between artists and patrons: at one point, Fraser completely disrobes to suggest the inherent exhibitionism involved in presenting art. The intelligence, clarity, and forcefulness of such performances have ensured the Fraser’s oeuvre remains a touchstone for critically engaged art of the 1990s and beyond.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Andrea Fraser

Title

Official Welcome

Origin

United States

Date

2003

Medium

Color video, sound; 29 min. loop

Credit Line

Contemporary Art Discretionary Fund, restricted gift of James Cahn and Jeremiah Collatz

Reference Number

2008.86

Copyright

© 2003 Andrea Fraser

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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