With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot will be presenting You May Add or Substract From the Work. On the work of Christopher D’Arcangelo and Michael Asher at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture Mackey House, Garage Top.

With documents of works by Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo (including six films by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot with Stephen Antonakos, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Daniel Buren, Ben Kinmont, Naomi Spector, and Lawrence Weiner), and works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Silvia Kolbowski, Emilie Parendeau. Curators: Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot

Michael Asher (1943-2012) and Christopher D’Arcangelo (1955-1979) formulated convergent yet distinct practices centered on the critical analysis of the structural conditions of art. Separately, they addressed how the terms under which the material and social conditions in the production, display, circulation, and reception of art intersect with state, institutional, and commercial powers under capitalism, and the ways in which the status, position, and subjectivity of the artist is produced and articulated against this backdrop. Often questioning the function of architecture, each artist deconstructed the alleged neutrality of art institutions’ iconic “white cube” with subtle interventions involving alterations, substitutions, and displacements of material and semiotic structures. This exhibition component of the project, focusing on the multiple correspondences between the work of the two artists, puts their work in close proximity to each other and to four additional artists of different generations: Dorit Cypis, Silvia Kolbowski, Ben Kinmont, and Emilie Parendeau, each contributing succinct meditations on Asher / D’Arcangeleo that also address contemporary aesthetic, social, political, and economic conditions.

From 1975 to 1977, D’Arcangelo lived periodically in Los Angeles where he first met Asher through artist Daniel Buren. While the work of the two once literally intersected at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA) in 1977—when Claire Copley invited D’Arcangelo to participate in a special issue of the LAICA Journal she curated, resulting in his contribution being appended to the walls of Asher’s project in the LAICA exhibition space—the proposal of You may add or subtract from the work is that in addition to the historical significance and congruence of the work, the dialogue in the two artists’ mutually illuminating practices is of utmost aesthetic and political relevance today.

In Fall 2015, Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot conducted a graduate seminar under the auspices of the Art Department at the University of California, Irvine, that included graduate students in art and curatorial studies, as well as guest scholars such as Eric Golo Stone, Jennifer King, Tom Jimmerson, and Sami Siegelbaum. The installation is designed with the help of students from this seminar.


The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday March 23, 2017, 7-9 pm and will be open to the public from March 24 to April 22, 2017 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mackey Garage Top is open during exhibitions, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am–6 pm.

Symposium:
A symposium on the works of Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo, open to the public, will take place in the Brown Auditorium at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on March 25th, 2017 from 1 to 6 pm. With Claire Copley, Dorit Cypis, Rosalyn Deutsche, Dean Inkster, Jennifer King, Ben Kinmont, Simon Leung, Sébastien Pluot, Sami Siegelbaum and Marie Shurkus.

With the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the University of California Humanities Research Institute Conference Award,  the UC Irvine Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing, and Libraries Conference Support Program and of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP).

 
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Mackey Garage Top 1137 S Cochran Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

D'Arcangelo & Asher at the MAK Center

When
March 23 - April 23, 2017
Where
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Mackey Garage Top
1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Documentation of action by Christopher D’Arcangelo at the Simon Norton Museum, Pasadena, California, 8 July 1976

With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot will be presenting You May Add or Substract From the Work. On the work of Christopher D’Arcangelo and Michael Asher at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture Mackey House, Garage Top.

With documents of works by Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo (including six films by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot with Stephen Antonakos, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Daniel Buren, Ben Kinmont, Naomi Spector, and Lawrence Weiner), and works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Silvia Kolbowski, Emilie Parendeau. Curators: Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot

Michael Asher (1943-2012) and Christopher D’Arcangelo (1955-1979) formulated convergent yet distinct practices centered on the critical analysis of the structural conditions of art. Separately, they addressed how the terms under which the material and social conditions in the production, display, circulation, and reception of art intersect with state, institutional, and commercial powers under capitalism, and the ways in which the status, position, and subjectivity of the artist is produced and articulated against this backdrop. Often questioning the function of architecture, each artist deconstructed the alleged neutrality of art institutions’ iconic “white cube” with subtle interventions involving alterations, substitutions, and displacements of material and semiotic structures. This exhibition component of the project, focusing on the multiple correspondences between the work of the two artists, puts their work in close proximity to each other and to four additional artists of different generations: Dorit Cypis, Silvia Kolbowski, Ben Kinmont, and Emilie Parendeau, each contributing succinct meditations on Asher / D’Arcangeleo that also address contemporary aesthetic, social, political, and economic conditions.

From 1975 to 1977, D’Arcangelo lived periodically in Los Angeles where he first met Asher through artist Daniel Buren. While the work of the two once literally intersected at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA) in 1977—when Claire Copley invited D’Arcangelo to participate in a special issue of the LAICA Journal she curated, resulting in his contribution being appended to the walls of Asher’s project in the LAICA exhibition space—the proposal of You may add or subtract from the work is that in addition to the historical significance and congruence of the work, the dialogue in the two artists’ mutually illuminating practices is of utmost aesthetic and political relevance today.

In Fall 2015, Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot conducted a graduate seminar under the auspices of the Art Department at the University of California, Irvine, that included graduate students in art and curatorial studies, as well as guest scholars such as Eric Golo Stone, Jennifer King, Tom Jimmerson, and Sami Siegelbaum. The installation is designed with the help of students from this seminar.


The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday March 23, 2017, 7-9 pm and will be open to the public from March 24 to April 22, 2017 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mackey Garage Top is open during exhibitions, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am–6 pm.

Symposium:
A symposium on the works of Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo, open to the public, will take place in the Brown Auditorium at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on March 25th, 2017 from 1 to 6 pm. With Claire Copley, Dorit Cypis, Rosalyn Deutsche, Dean Inkster, Jennifer King, Ben Kinmont, Simon Leung, Sébastien Pluot, Sami Siegelbaum and Marie Shurkus.

With the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the University of California Humanities Research Institute Conference Award,  the UC Irvine Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing, and Libraries Conference Support Program and of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP).

 

 

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