Christopher Williams

The Society for Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS Tuesday, November 14, 2000. Christopher Williams has, for the last several years, enjoyed a near cult status among serious collectors of contemporary photography. Most recently, his work has achieved more widespread international acclaim. Since the 1980s, the Los Angeles-based artist has advanced a critique of the ways in which photography influences our?perception of reality. His early projects involved the appropriation and re-shooting of archival photography of plants and animal life found in publications or institutions such as commercial photographic companies, libraries and museums. Detailed, descriptive captions are often included to indicate genealogies, selection criteria, and associations. These photographic series investigated the mechanisms of colonialism and scientific classification that exist in modern culture. Recent projects consist of the artist’s original photography of modern architecture, elements of industrial design, animal life, and the human condition. Since 1993 he has been developing a series of photographic installations entitled For Example: Die Weit ist Sch?n (For Example: The World is Beautiful). The title is borrowed from a 1928 book of photographs by German Modernists Albert Renger-Patzsch and August Sander, who attempted to document all the beautiful things of this world. In this project, Williams frames the politics of modernism by demonstrating how the styles and genres of Modernist photography create various hierarchical classifications of objects and subjects. Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1956 and studied at Cal Arts with conceptual photographers John Baldessari and Michael Asher. His photographs have been exhibited internationally in various solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Hamburg, Kunsthalle Basel, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art, Syros, Greece. Williams’ work has been included in the Carnegie International of 1991, MoMA’s Museum as Muse exhibition, and the Rotterdam Biennale 2000.

Lecture
The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $35

05:30PM – 06:30PM – Reception
Photography Study Room

06:30PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Photography Study Room