Monday, December 10, 2007, 6:30pm
Dia Art Foundation
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Admission for the lecture is $6 general; $3 for students, seniors, and Dia members. Reservations are recommended, please call 212 293 5583
Born in Spokane, WA, in 1957, Jim Hodges lives and works in New York. His solo exhibitions include presentations at Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2005); the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and touring (2003), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2003); and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (1995).
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.
Made possible by a grant from Art for Art's Sake, New York, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, this series, established in 2001, highlights the work of contemporary artists from the perspective of their colleagues and peers, and focuses on artists in Dia's collection and exhibition programs.