Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art
October 12, 2012–February 3, 2013
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art features the work of over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language. Presenting works from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper that raise questions about how we read, look at, hear, and process language today. A major current underlying the exhibition argues that the field of literature known as “conceptual writing” can be seen as engaging in a provocative dialogue with the field of contemporary art, producing new insights into the meaning of both literature and art. Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson, Postscript is the first exhibition to examine the work of conceptual writing, investigating the roots of the movement in the art of the 1960s and 70s and presenting contemporary examples of text-based art practices.
Artists and writers featured in the exhibition include: Mark Amerika & Chad Mossholder, Carl Andre, Fiona Banner, Erica Baum, Derek Beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Jen Bervin, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Christian Bök, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Büchler, Luis Camnitzer, Ricardo Cuevas, Tim Davis & Robert Fitterman, Monica de la Torre, Craig Dworkin, Tim Etchells, Ryan Gander, Michelle Gay, Kenneth Goldsmith, Dan Graham, Alexandra Grant, James Hoff, Seth Kim-Cohen, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Tan Lin, Gareth Long, Michael Maranda, Helen Mirra, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, João Onofre, Michalis Pichler, Paolo Piscitelli, Vanessa Place, Kristina Lee Podesva, Seth Price, Kay Rosen, Joe Scanlan, Dexter Sinister, Frances Stark, Joel Swanson, Nick Thurston, Triple Canopy, Andy Warhol, Darren Wershler, and Eric Zboya.
click here to view Corrected_Slogans, a special issue of Triple Canopy featuring Erica Baum, Gareth Long and Caroline Bergvall
Postscript will be accompanied by a major publication, including both scholarly essays and contributions by select writers and artists featured in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be traveling to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada, in June 2013.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by Javier & Colleen Baz, MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society members and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
image: Erica Baum. Examined, 2009. Archival pigment print from the Dog Ear series, 9 x 9 inches. Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York.