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[email protected] presents Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts

December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Spanning the artist’s entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, the Bruce Nauman exhibition, Disappearing Acts, provides a singular opportunity to experience Bruce Nauman’s command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

The exhibition traces strategies of withdrawal in Nauman’s work—both literal and figurative incidents of removal, deflection, and concealment. Bodies are fragmented, centers are left empty, voices emanate from hidden speakers; the artist sculpts himself in absentia, appearing only as negative space. The installation proceeds chronologically (albeit with strategic pauses and breaks), granting ample space to the artist’s production across the decades. Nauman’s consummate skill as a draftsman, which has not been the focus of a retrospective since the mid-1980s, will be highlighted with a broad selection drawings, ranging from quick sketches to oversized, highly worked sheets.


Don’t forget to check out the Museum pass to gain access for up to 5 people (New Canaan Library Cardholders). Click HERE to check availability. The exhibition is on view at The Museum of Modern Art through February 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 through February 25, 2019.

Heather Cotter has been a Lecturer at MoMA since 2007. She holds an MA in Art History from Boston University and an MEd in Art Education from Harvard University. Currently she also serves as a lecturer for the Dia Foundation and teaches courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


MoMA lectures underwritten by a generous benefactor.  


Image and credit: Bruce Nauman. Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know. 1983. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frames, 107 1/2 × 107 × 5 3/4″ (273.1 × 271.8 × 14.6 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA



December 4, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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