Many artists are familiar with the “white cube system” —the system centered on the studio, gallery, and museum. But lately, artists in cities around the world are turning their attention from this white cube system and object making to public conversation. Instead of depending on traditional forms of funding, they are increasingly reaching out, crowd-sourcing and ad-libbing galleries and events for colleagues to meet and stay informed.
To explain this current shift in contemporary art towards a more democratic form of production, collaboration, and professionalism, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) presents Art Objects to Art Subjects with one of the nation’s most respected and experienced art extraordinaires, Lane Relyea.
Before he became an Associate Professor and the Chair of Art, Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Relyea wrote numerous essays and reviews for magazines including Artforum, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Parkett, Freize, Modern Painters, Art in America and Flash Art. He has also written a multitude of monographs; delivered lectures at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, and the Art Institute of Chicago among other venues; taught students at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia for over a decade; is the former editor of Art Journal; and had his book, Your Everyday Art World focused on the effects of communication networks on artistic practices, published in 2013 by the MIT Press.
On Thursday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m., SBMA (1130 State St.) invites the community to participate in this free lecture in the Mary Craig Auditorium and learn from one of the nation’s most renowned authors.