Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Hybrid Practices: Craig Richardson Keynote: Monuments to the Period We Live In
  • Hybrid Practices: Craig Richardson Keynote: Monuments to the Period We Live In
  • Lecture
  • 3/12/2015
  • 16:30-17:30
  • Spooner Hall
  • Host: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art
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Event Description
John Latham’s (1921-2006) legendary “monuments to the period we live in”-two partially preserved groups of oil shale bings, initially the waste product of redundant energy industries in Scotland-are a synthesis of methods developed by the Artist Placement Group and concepts within the manifesto of “auto-destructive art” (Metzger, 1965). Richardson’s presentation explores why Latham’s reimagination of these sites-which he renamed Niddrie Woman and Five Sisters- as “monumental process sculptures” has such resonance today, and why the works remain inherently unrecognized. Richardson is a professor of fine art at Northumbria University (UK), where he serves as the principal investigator for the Centre for Doctoral Training, which aims to forge new cross-disciplinary collaborations in art and design. Richardson’s theoretical work focuses on the legacy of minimal and conceptual art in Scotland and England; he is the author of Scottish Art since 1960 (Ashgate, 2011). This talk is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.