Tatjana Myoko v. Prittwitz on Joseph Beuys

Gallery Talks

January 24, 2009    add to my calendar

Over the past nine years, Tatjana von Prittwitz und Gaffron has built an international archive on the history of exhibition since 1960 at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. For her Masters in Curatorial Studies, her thesis discussed the concept of social sculpture by Joseph Beuys and was exemplified in an exhibition. Her PhD is on the art critic and writer George Jappe, who promoted Beuys in Germany. Von Prittwitz' research focus is on the ideas of Joseph Beuys as he believed: "To be a teacher is my greatest work of art." The question is how Beuys' imperative of everybody being an artist can be actualized by each of us?

Joseph Beuys was born in 1921 in Krefeld, Germany. He trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1947 to 1951, then taught there as a professor of sculpture from 1961 until his controversial dismissal, in 1972. Beuys's first one-person exhibition of his sculpture and drawings was in 1953, at the house of the collectors Franz Joseph and Hans van der Grinten. In the early 1960s he became involved with the Fluxus group, taking part in concerts and performances and devising his own "actions," which for a time became his principal aesthetic mode. In 1970 the Beuys Block-a large collection of Beuys's work formed under his own aegis from the Sammlung Karl Ströher-was installed in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt; it remains his most important public collection. Dia held exhibitions of Beuys's work in 1987, 1992, and 1998, and has planted trees and basalt columns in New York City as part of his 7000 Eichen, a project he began in 1982 for Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany, with initial funding from Dia Art Foundation. Beuys died in Düsseldorf in 1986.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series that takes place the last Saturday of every month at 1pm and is free with museum admission. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries. 
 

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Over the past nine years, Tatjana von Prittwitz und Gaffron has built an international archive on the history of exhibition since 1960 at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. For her Masters in Curatorial Studies, her thesis discussed the concept of social sculpture by Joseph Beuys and was exemplified in an exhibition. Her PhD is on the art critic and writer George Jappe, who promoted Beuys in Germany. Von Prittwitz' research focus is on the ideas of Joseph Beuys as he believed: "To

 
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