Since in the mid-1960s Sturtevant has meticulously re-created works by other artists including: Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Gober, Anselm Kiefer, Paul McCarthy, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Joseph Beuys, often making her pieces around the same time as the originals. For example, in 1964, the same year that Andy Warhol began his flower paintings, Sturtevant used the original silk screen, which Warhol gave her, to create her own. When Warhol was asked about his process for these paintings, it is said that he replied, “I don’t know. Ask Elaine Sturtevant.” For Sturtevant her work is not about copying or appropriation because she utilizes the same materials and the same process as the artist did in the original. She explains, “My work has nothing to do with ‘appropriation’, the refocusing of history, or the death of art, or the negative questioning of originality. Rather just the opposite. It involves the power and autonomy of originality and the focus and pervasiveness of art.”

Sturtevant (American, born 1930) has had retrospectives at Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (1992) and Museum Fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2004), along with solo exhibitions at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Thaddaeous Ropac, Paris; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Art Unlimited, Basel; Perry Rubenstein Gallery; and White Columns, New York. Recently her work was included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art (2006); Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2007-2008); and The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009). Please use the enclosed reservation card or call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be received by Wednesday 16 September. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby’s for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
The Gage, 24 South Michigan Avenue
Members – $70
Non-Members – $85