Lawrence Weiner

A leading figure of Conceptual art, Lawrence Weiner is best known for his text-based works that focus on the potential for language to serve as an art form. The subjects of these statements often take the form of lists of materials, or descriptions of a physical action or process, as exemplified by ONE QUART GREEN EXTERIOR INDUSTRIAL ENAMEL THROWN ON A BRICK WALL (1968). Viewing language as a sculptural material and as his primary medium since the late 1960s, Weiner has created gallery and museum installations, posters, books, public sculptures, films, LPs, compact discs, and even a website. These varied methods of distribution demonstrate his desire to reach a wide audience, breach cultural and social barriers, and encourage viewer participation in the work. Weiner articulated his aesthetic in clear, precise terms in his 1969 statement of intent “(1) The artist may construct the piece. (2) The piece may not be fabricated. (3) The piece may not be built [Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist, the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.]” Weiner has had one-person exhibitions at the Renaissance Society (1978), Dia Center for the Arts (1991-92), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1994) and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, among others. A major retrospective of his work will open this fall at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Please join us for an exciting look at Weiner?s most recent projects. Call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Friday, 2 February. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s and Hotel Blake for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:00PM – Dining
Millennium Park Room, The Art Institute of Ch
Members – $65
Non-Members – $80