More American Photographs
Walead Beshty in conversation with Liz Kotz
Culver Center of the Arts
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:30pm
Walead Beshty, whose work is included in More American Photographs, will discuss his innovative conceptual practice. The conversation will be led by Liz Kotz, Associate Professor in the department of the History of Art at UCR.
Walead Beshty is an artist and writer working in Los Angeles, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Art Department of Art Center College of Design. Beshty's work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including the solo exhibitions Securities and Exchanges at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011); A Diagram of Forces at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2011); Legibility on Color Backgrounds at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2009); and EMBASSY!: a dismal science waiting room at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006). Beshty's work is included in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among elsewhere. Monographs on his work include Walead Beshty: Natural Histories (JRP|Ringier, 2011) and Walead Beshty: Selected Correspondences 2001-2010 (Damiani Editore, 2010). Forthcoming publications include a second expanded edition of Walead Beshty: Natural Histories; an anthology edited by Beshty and Jason E. Smith, Post-Fordist Aesthetics; and an anthology of Beshty's collected writings (all due out on JRP|Ringier, 2014). Beshty earned his BA at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in 1999, and his MFA at the Yale University School of Art, New Haven in 2002.
Liz Kotz has taught at UC Riverside since 2007. She is the author of Words to be Looked At: Language in 1960s Art (MIT Press, 2007) and has published widely on contemporary art, ranging from experimental film and video, to music, performance, and text-based work. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University.