Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

    Mon, Mar 16, 2009, 6:30pm

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    SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture III. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture, its conventions, and its legacies. Three artists have been invited to present their own take on art history and address evolving strategies of representation, borrowing examples from fine art, popular culture, and personal and fictional sources. These histories are subjective, incomplete, and eclectic. They question assumptions and examine ways of viewing the old and the new. Subjective Histories of Sculpture III is the third edition of SculptureCenter Lectures at the New School, inaugurated in 2006.

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was born in Strasbourg, France in 1965. She is known for creating installation/environmental works that incorporate varying degrees of interactivity, as well as for making films. Portraying and replicating hybrid spaces inspired by her travels through Asia and Latin America, Gonzalez-Foerster has developed her own approach to re-creating and redefining space and structures. Using narrative devices borrowed from film and literature, and incorporating sound, music, and light, her work embraces various forms of sensorial perception. Gonzalez-Foerster's gaze on our cultural legacies and our current landscapes remains complex. It combines the critical, the poetic, and the romantic while engaging the viewer's body with a certain immediacy. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has exhibited at Documenta 11, Kassel (2002), the MusModerne de la Ville de Paris (ARC) (2007), the Guggenheim Museum (2008/09), and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London (2008/9). She lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

    $5 General Admission, SculptureCenter Members and Students Free. For tickets call 212-229-5488 or email

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Riyo, 1999. 35mm film, colour/sound, 10 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.