Art Historian Dore Bowen and Curators Constance Lewallen and Ted Mann speak about their new book Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters (University of California Press, 2019), the first publication to solely take up Nauman’s corridors and architectural installations. The book explores the significance of these bodies of works—in particular their physical, perceptual, and psychological exertions on and manifestations in the viewer-participant. Further, the relationship of these works to Nauman’s overall practice and other work of this period, including that of James Turrell, Paul Kos, and Robert Morris, is investigated.
Dore Bowen explores the relationship between photography, politics, and human experience to write alternative histories of contemporary art. Her book Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, with Constance M. Lewallen, is forthcoming from University of California Press. Other publications include “Une Belle Banalité: Dan Graham” in Culture et Musées (forthcoming); “On the Site of Her Own Exclusion: Strategizing Queer Feminist Art History” in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories; “This Bridge Called Imagination: On Reading the Arab Image Foundation” in Invisible Culture; and “Imagine There’s No Image (It’s Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction” in The Companion to Art History Since 1945. She has received fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art, The Clark Art Institute, the Camargo Foundation, and the Getty Research Library. She is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at San José State University.
Constance Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where first she was MATRIX curator and subsequently senior curator who organized many major exhibitions. These include Joe Brainard: A Retrospective (2001), The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm 1968-1978 (with Steve Seid)(2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007; State of Mind: New California Art ca. 1970 (with Karen Moss) (2011). All of these toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, Mind over Matter, was presented at BAMPFA in 2016. Lewallen is author of 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House and co-author of Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, both published by UC Press.
Ted Mann is an independent curator based in the Bay Area. He was the guest curator for Bruce Nauman: Blue and Yellow Corridor at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California Davis, and is the co-curator of a forthcoming survey of Stephen Kaltenbach opening at the Manetti Shrem in January 2020. He is also consulting associate curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Panza Collection Initiative (2010-2020). Mann received his MA and MPhil from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
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