From February 15th untill May 25th, the MOCA open its doors to a great retrospective dedicated to Dan Graham. Happening, architecture, videos, photographs...
Dan Graham: Beyond is the first North American retrospective of the art of Dan Graham (b.1942, Urbana, Illinois), examining his entire body of work in a focused selection of photographs, film and video, architectural models, indoor and outdoor pavilions, conceptual projects for magazine pages, drawings and prints, and writings. Dan Graham has been a central figure in the development of contemporary art since the 1960s-from the rise of minimalism, conceptual art, and video and performance art, to explorations of architecture and the public sphere and collaborations with musicians and the culture of rock and roll. This exhibition traces the evolution of his practice across each of its major stages, while asserting ongoing themes, most notably, the changing relationship of the individual to society as filtered through American mass media and architecture at the end of the 20th century. Dan Graham: Beyond is co-curated by Bennett Simpson, MOCA associate curator, and Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Following its presentation in Los Angeles, the exhibition will tour nationally to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
American artist, born in Urbana, Illinois. After running the John Daniels Gallery in New York from November 1964 to June 1965, Dan Graham began working in an area which later came to be known as Conceptual art. This work, beginning with 'Scheme (1965)', was designed to appear only in periodicals. By late 1966, 'Homes for America' and 'Schema (March, 1966)' had appeared. In 1967 was visited by Terry Atkinson and began a series of letter-exchanges which led to 'Schema (March, 1966)' being included in the first number of Art-Language. In addition to Conceptual projects, worked with still photographs of houses and architectural details in 1966 and also completed a quasi-sculptural work using a carousel slide projector (1966) for presentation. These photographic interests led in 1969 to an 80ft photo series, 'Sunset to Sunrise'. Also in 1969 made his first films (Sunset to Sunrise and Two Correlated Rotations) and began performance-works ('Lax/Relax'). TV Camera/Monitor Performance 1970 was his first use of video. Current work involves performance, video and architectural media. First one-man exhibition at the John Daniels Gallery 1969. Lives in New York.