L.A. Residency Lecture: Double Trouble
Lecture presented by Bruce W. Ferguson.
The talk will explore Exhibitions, Museums, and the familial relation between art and artifacts and language – the warp and the weft of the art-world tapestry. Many have written extensively that it is not just the HOW of display, but also the WHERE and WHEN and the WHY that determine meanings. A local history museum consciously and conscientiously turned a work of art into an artifact. But the opposite can be true – an artifact can become a work of art, as we know with Duchamp’s urinal and other such displacements. Body double, to use a Hollywood terminology, because artworks have at least a double identity, as art or as artifacts, and the difference is by virtue of the contexts – the language that surrounds them. There is incommensurability between images, objects and languages or other methods of describing and displaying each.
Bruce W. Ferguson
An accomplished author and curator of numerous nationally and internationally noted exhibitions, Bruce W. Ferguson became president of Otis College of Art and Design in May 2015. He was the founding director and first curator of the nationally acclaimed SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has curated for such eminent institutions as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Winnipeg and Vancouver art galleries in Canada. He has organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice, and Istanbul.