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Circle Talks at the Working Library

  • Working Library 7326 North Chicago Avenue Portland, OR, 97203 United States (map)

vLet the Artists Die
A Performance-Lecture by Triple Candie
August 21, 2018, 6:30-8 pm

Triple Candie will present a performance-lecture that focuses on its art-less exhibitions. The performance will explore a range of topics, from artist obituaries and artistic agency, to the “Death of the Artist” and the “Author Function” late ‘60s French theory, as well as the ethics of posthumous artistic creation. A brief history of Triple Candie’s programs are interwoven throughout -- David Hammons: The Unauthorized Retrospective, Cady Noland Approximately, James Lee Byars: I Cancel My Works at Death, Maurizio Cattelan is Dead: Life and Work, If Michael Asher, etc. The title “Let the Artists Die” is borrowed from a 1985 play by the Polish artist-playwright Tadeusz Kantor about art under authoritarian regimes. 

Triple Candie is a phantom-like institution run by internationally noted art historians Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett. Founded in Harlem in 2001, Triple Candie produces exhibitions about art but largely devoid of it. Its primary purpose since late 2005 has been to explore the possibilities of exhibition-making as a truly alternative, critical practice. The New York Times once characterized Triple Candie as “Manhattan’s only truly alternative alternative space,” and Domus described it as “one of the most mysterious and creative institutions on the contemporary scene.” When Triple Candie left Harlem in 2011, it began guest-producing exhibitions for museums in the United States and Europe. Its most recent project, If Michael Asher, is currently on view at the Grazer Kunstverein in Austria. Triple Candie works out of a townhouse in Washington, D.C.

Throughout summer 2018 we are inviting artists, curators, and arts administrators to lead conversations about the evolution of socially engaged artworks and how they expand the public discourse around what art can be and how it is valued.

Earlier Event: August 19
Walk with Immigrants and Refugees
Later Event: August 24
River Gathering with Laura Feldman