THE ELAINE TERNER COOPER
CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
Gabriel Orozco with Benjamin Buchloh
Tues, Nov 13, 6:30 pm
$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID and advance registration. Limited availability.
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Clear your calendars! Art stars collide at the Guggenheim next Tuesday, November 13th. Harvard University Professor Benjamin Buchloh will talk with famed Mexican conceptual artist Gabriel Orozco about his current exhibition “Asterisms” at the Guggenheim.
Having never had the chance to see either of them speak, this talk is of particular interest to those of us here at AFC (as is the series). Buchloh is a co-editor of October and the foremost expert on Orozco’s work, so that’s reason in and of itself. Another reason, for me, is simply experience; I’ve been looking at Orozco’s work at Marianne Goodman for at least 10 years and wouldn’t mind a little more background from the artist about what I’ve been seeing.
The photographic and sculptural installation features a collection of detritus — a playing field near his home in New York and a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The latter is the landing site for all kinds of industrial and commercial waste from the Pacific Ocean. We expect he’ll talk about the conceptual connections between the two, though we also hope he’ll discuss his influences. Orozco’s floor arrangements bring to mind the taxonomy work of artists like Haim Steinbach, Annette Messager and Martin Creed, to name a few, so it will be interesting to see how he positions the work within a long tradition of art-making.