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Andrea Fraser lecture & seminar

22.04 — 23.04.2024

Andrea Fraser, Jeff Preiss, Orchard Document May I Help You?, Production ORCHARD and Epoch Films, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

Andrea Fraser lecture & seminar



22 – 23 April 2024

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation




Part I

On Monday 22 April, at 6 p.m., the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (room F0.03) will host a public lecture in English by the American artist, writer and thinker Andrea Fraser (USA, 1965). The event is organised in collaboration with the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation in conjunction with the first large Italian solo exhibition dedicated to the artist’s research. Entitled «I just don’t like eggs!» Andrea Fraser on collectors, collecting, collections, the exhibition is curated by Andrea Viliani with Vittoria Pavesi and will be presented from 13.04.2024 to 22.02.2025 at the Foundation.

One of the most radical and influential artists of her generation, Fraser’s pioneering work in the field of the Institutional Critique investigates the social, financial, and affective economies of cultural organizations, fields, groups, and individuals. Performatively embodying the data that she generates through her research, Fraser’s practice is as physical and affective as it is critical and intellectual, availing herself of the instruments of humor and pathos as well as analysis and resorting to the discursive staging of debates, performative actions, scripts, data and incursions into museums that shift the standards, models and rules of the art system and critically redefine our relations to them. The artist’s sociological and psychoanalytic approach becomes the lens for questioning the art world and highlighting its contradictions, projections, wills, and wishes.

The lecture will be followed by a dialogue with the audience.



Part II

On Tuesday 23 April, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation will host a seminar by Andrea Fraser, who is known in the academic field for her long career in teaching and currently Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Art at the School of the Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. The seminar is reserved for the students of the Studio Exhibit off the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

Starting from the exhibition, which, with works spanning the artist’s entire oeuvre, presents an investigation on the figure of the collector, collecting, the art market and the intersections between private and public collections, the seminar will expand on Fraser’s research on cultural fields, applications of the work of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and on some examples of possible relationships between collecting and exhibition practices.



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