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Lived, Constructed, and Imagined in the work of On Kawara, Alighiero e Boetti, and Yoko Ono

Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

“Dates have this beauty: the more time passes, the more beautiful they become,” proclaimed Italian artist and provocateur Alighiero e Boetti, somewhat mystically and somewhat tongue-in-cheek. This discussion explores the work of four postmodern artists/composers, On Kawara, Alighiero e Boetti, John Cage, and Yoko Ono, who, throughout their careers, have dealt with the theme of marking and conceptualizing time and its passage in radical and provocative ways. Drawing upon Kawara’s Date Pictures, Boetti’s time plaques and pillows, Cage’s groundbreaking composition 4.33, and Ono’s durational Grapefruit scores for inspiration, we reflect upon how time is marked in our culture/s, both publicly and privately, and how we perceive time and/or duration. We also consider whether a completed act or the passage of a certain amount of time can bestow seriousness or value upon an artwork. Mark your calendars now; this is one DATE you don’t want to miss.

Larissa Bailiff (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in late 19th- and early 20th-century European art and social history. Formerly an associate educator at MoMA, she has also lectured at other New York museums and teaches art history courses at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute.


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