Contemporary Wunderkammern: Collecting and Museums as Art

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 12:30 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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.

Whether we collect fire trucks, civil war items, or Flemish moths, the act of collecting can be an artistic gesture in and of itself. This lecture explores the work of artists who incorporate museum-like practices, such as collecting and creating museum narratives of their collections and turning spaces into literal or conceptual cabinets of curiosities, into their work. Artists and projects discussed in this lecture include Marcel Broodthaers' Museum of Modern Art (Department of Eagles); Herbert Distel's Museum of Drawers; The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles; The Salon De Fleurus in New York; and City Reliquary in Brooklyn; among others.

Lecturer Pablo Helguera is a visual artist and the Director of Adult and Academic Programs at MoMA.

In conjunction with the exhibition Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.