Jan Avgikos on Lawrence Weiner

Gallery Talks

July 28, 2007    add to my calendar

Jan Avgikos is an art historian and art critic based in Newburgh, New York. She teaches at Columbia University. She frequently writes for international publications such as Artforum, Artscribe International, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art Press. Mrs. Avgikos is also an active curator. Some of her curatorial work includes: "Jet Lag," Turon Travel, Inc.; "Simula/Disimilia," Ileana Sonnabend Gallery; Leo Castelli Gallery; Wallach Art Center, Columbia University; Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, "I am the Walrus" at Chem and Reid, NY.

Lawrence Weiner was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1942. After graduating from high school, he traveled across the country to California, where, in 1960, he used dynamite to create his Cratering Pieces in Mill Valley. His first one-person show was held at the Seth Siegelaub Gallery, New York, in 1964. In 1968 he presented Statements, a book of works composed solely of language, in another show at Siegelaub's gallery, and since then he has continued to explore the capacities and presentation of language as a sculptural medium. The museums in which Weiner has had solo exhibitions have included the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2000), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1990). In 1991 Dia presented his work Displacement and published an accompanying book of the same title. Weiner currently lives in New York City and Amsterdam.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. 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. Reservations are suggested. Please call Dia:Beacon at 845-440-0100 ext 44.

Current hours at Dia:Beacon are 11 am to 4 pm, Friday through Monday (closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Admission to the museum is $10 general, $7 for students and seniors, and free for Dia members and children under 12. The museum is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad (the MTA's Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum). On Saturdays, the 10:51 am train from Grand Central arrives in Beacon at 12:17. Full schedules are available on the MTA's website at http://mta.info. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia's website at http://www.diaart.org/dia/visitor/index.html. 
 

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Jan Avgikos is an art historian and art critic based in Newburgh, New York. She teaches at Columbia University. She frequently writes for international publications such as Artforum, Artscribe International, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art Press. Mrs. Avgikos is also an active curator. Some of her curatorial work includes: "Jet Lag," Turon Travel, Inc.; "Simula/Disimilia," Ileana Sonnabend Gallery; Leo Castelli Gallery; Wallach Art Center, Columbia University; Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, "I am the Wal

 
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