Walead Beshty at UC Berkeley

You know, Cal’s not just a top-ten football school in this country. It does other things, too. Like host art lectures! (And they do academic and research-type things, too.) Tonight’s lecture is the first of this season’s Department of Art Practice “Interventions” series. Looks to be a good one!

The What: U.C Berkeley artist lecture by Walead Beshty
The Where: 160 Kroeber Hall (ground floor)
The When: Monday, October 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Admission: Free (unlike football tickets, and better seating, too)


Walead Beshty is a London born artist and writer based in Los Angeles.

Beshty’s work explores not only the history of photography, but also the way in which photography shapes our understanding of history. He makes this enduring relationship visible by bringing together images of ambiguous places, altering them, and exhibiting them as documentation. Beshty invites the viewer into a surrogate of a place that, though real, by legal definition does not exist. This tenuous link between what is authentic and what is reproduced parallels the medium of photography itself, which captures moments in time that our eyes are trained to believe truly occurred. Beshty’s work offers us a chance to experience the sense of uncertainty that this place engenders, lying unsteadily on a line between past and present, fact and fiction, day and night.

Beshty’s solo exhibitions include Embassy! (A Dismal Science Reading Room) at the Armand Hammer Museum Los Angeles; Parks, Hotels, and Palaces, at China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, The Maker and the Model at Wallspace Gallery in New York, His work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, the Katonah Museum of Art,, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Insitut im Glas in Berlin, China Art Objects, and LAXART in Los Angeles. He is currently the Photography Department’s Visiting Artist.

The Interventions Lecture Series
The U.C. Berkeley Graduate lecture series is hosted by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice with the generous sponsorship of the by Betsey Straub Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Endowment and the Bonwitt – Heine Memorial Lecture Endowment. Designed to bring leading artists lecturers to Berkeley, the series hopes to “intervene” in our understanding of contemporary art practices by giving the Berkeley community access to the cutting edge ideas and strategies of noted artists.

Kroeber Hall is on the edge of the UC campus, where Bancroft Way meets College Ave.
It’s about 1/2 block up and across the street from the Berkeley Art Museum.
for a campus map, click here.

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