Disappearing–California: Exhibition & Lectures at the Modern

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents
Free Lectures in Conjunction with
Disappearing–California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein

Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250.The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on the evenings of these lectures (general admission applies).
May 7 Exhibition curator Philipp Kaiser in conversation with Mary Sue Andersen Ader, owner of the Bas Jan Ader Estate and curator Helene Winer.
For this special presentation, Philipp Kaiser, curator of Disappearing–California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein is in conversation with Mary Sue Andersen Ader, the widow of Bas Jan Ader and owner of the Bas Jan Ader Estate, who as an artist herself filmed many of her husband’s pieces; and Helene Winer, co-founder and curator of Metro Pictures Gallery in New York, who in the context of this exhibition worked with all three artists and was crucial for conceptualism in Southern California as the director of the Pomona Art Gallery in the early 1970s.Disappearing–California, c. 1970 is an intriguing look at three of the most enigmatic and probing artists of the 1970s, bound by a special time and place that was primed for their radical and poetic explorations. Offering personal insight and investment in the premise of this exhibition, Kaiser, Andersen Ader, and Winer recount the early issues and occurrences of California conceptualism, offering a wonderful preview to a compelling exhibition.

May 23 Author Alexander Dumbadze
Alexander Dumbadze is Associate Professor at George Washington University and Design. He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere (University of Chicago Press, 2013) as well as co-editor and co-author of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Dumbadze is currently writing Jack Goldstein: All Day Night Sky. His essays and criticism have been published in a variety of national and international publications. A recipient of a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, Dumbadze was a Visiting Professor of Art History at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis in 2012. He is also a co-founder and former president of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians.
In conjunction with Disappearing–California, c. 1970, Dumbadze is giving a special Modern Connections lecture titled “Over Here”. 

EXHIBITION Disappearing–California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein May 10-August 11, 2019
In 1971, Chris Burden disappeared for three days without a trace. That work, entitled Disappearing, gives its name to this exhibition, which examines the theme of disappearance in the works of Burden and his contemporaries in 1970s Southern California, Bas Jan Ader and Jack Goldstein. Loosely affiliated, these three artists shared a common interest in themes of disappearance and self-effacement, which manifested in works that were daring and often dangerous. In 1972, Jack Goldstein buried himself alive during a performance, while Chris Burden’s often self-harming works explored the limits of pain. During Bas Jan Ader’s tragic last work, In search of the miraculous, 1975, the artist vanished while crossing the Atlantic in a small sailboat, never to be seen again. Responding to cultural pressures like the Vietnam War and the nascent field of feminist art, the artists poignantly used “disappearing” as a response to the anxiety of the 1970s.Disappearing–California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein is curated by Philipp Kaiser and organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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