40 Artists in Dialogue
Borrowing its title from a work of the same name by Allen Ruppersberg—who had his first New York survey at the New Museum in 1985—the event features a selection of public conversations with artists whose exhibitions, works, and interventions have shaped and transformed the identity and history of the New Museum. Engaging in dialogue with each other, the forty artists will discuss an array of topics related to their practice, their history with the Museum, and beyond.
The Museum is offering free admission for all visitors and extended museum hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on December 2 and 3. The Museum will also reinstall Bruce Nauman’s iconic video No, No New Museum (Clown Torture Series) (1987) in the Museum’s window, just as the work was originally presented during Nauman’s solo exhibition at the Museum in 1987.
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, 22.04.–19.06.2016
In 1969 Allen Ruppersberg opened Al’s Café to customers who entered a seemingly typical North American diner with a menu that was made up of small assemblages, varying from “three rocks with crumpled paper” to “simulated burned pine needles a la Johnny Cash, served with a live fern.” He made orders on the spot per request. Each came with beer and was presented as an item for contemplation and discussion. The café as an artwork in itself, articulating a social space around the way aesthetic objects, shapes and forms are received. This defining work marked Ruppersberg’s embrace of ephemeral material, the aesthetics of community advertising, language, performance and collecting that traverse from the artist’s process to the audience’s action.
Ruppersberg is a collector. “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” is an announcement the artist put forward as a brightly coloured poster with a gradient [...]
Skirball Cultural Center, 07.05.–23.08.2015
Allen Ruppersberg’s installation The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem Howl (1955–1956), a hallmark text of the ’50s Beat generation. In order to reinterpret the piece for contemporary audiences, Ruppersberg transcribed the poem into phonetic spellings and printed the “new” text on approximately 200 vibrantly colored commercial advertising posters installed floor to ceiling on gallery walls.
Using graphic design styles of the period when Howl was published, the posters communicate the “high culture” of poetry via the common language of advertising. The layout of the type is visually chaotic, analogous to the barrage of images conjured up by the poem and to the social climate in which the text was produced.
The installation also includes Ruppersberg’s personal scrapbooks, which contain an accumulation of images, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other [...]
The title of this exhibition is adapted from the phrase “the sight of a reason,” a line in Gertrude Stein's groundbreaking prose work Tender Buttons (1914). In her collection of “portraits” of everyday phenomena, Stein employed experimental syntax to free language from established usage and to “create a word relationship between the word and the things seen.” Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions begins with an ongoing work by the Los Angeles–based artist Eve Fowler (American, b. 1964), which appropriates phrases from Tender Buttons and Stein's How to Write (1931) in commercially printed posters originally intended for public display—for instance, stapled to telephone poles or fences. Stein’s probing of the correlation between language and the physical world—and Fowler’s act of recontextualization—exemplify a set of concerns shared by the works presented here.
The exhibition brings together [...]
mfc-michèle didier, 12.09.–31.10.2014
The exhibition will consist of two different parts: The Novel That Writes Itself and EL SEGUNDO RECORD CLUB.
The Novel That Writes Itself is a new edition by Allen Ruppersberg, the fourth production of the artist published by mfc-michèle didier. Prior to this work have been produced the installation The New Five Foot Shelf in 2001, the artist book The New Five Foot Shelf of Books in 2003 and Chapter VI in 2009.
The Novel That Writes Itself is a finished whole of a novel in progress, initiated in 1978 by the artist. This work includes, gathered in a binder of more than 10 cm thick, the text The Torn-Apart Book by Jan Tumlir, in introduction, and a series of 460 single-sided perforated sheets. Page after page, we discover the posters produced by the artist at the Colby Poster Printing Company up until its closing down in 2013, the posters Colby had produced that the artist had collected, and several photographs of past [...]