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Object Lessons: Thinking Gender Variance through Minimalist Sculpture

A Lecture by Gordon Hall

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Object Lessons: Thinking Gender Variance through Minimalist Sculpture
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Can art objects show us how to see bodies differently? How might we learn from the creative research of sculptors and object makers to apply those lessons to our understandings of gender? Can an art experience be a resource for thinking about gender and sexuality without depicting LGBT lives in explicit images? Gordon Hall asks these questions in a lecture that addresses the contemporary moment of broadening LGBT identities through a treatment of Minimalist sculpture practices from the second half of the twentieth century. In considering significant works by artists such as John Cage, Fred Sandback, Richard Artswchager, and Imi Knoebel, Hall shows the powerful impact and renewed relevance sculpture offers for reimagining how we understand our lived experiences.

Gordon Hall's lecture is presented in conjunction with the Contemporary Arts Center's current exhibition The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer, a project by Matt Morris that considers the life and work of the American conceptual artist James Lee Byars. Morris' selections of sculptures, drawings, and performance by Byars aims to question how art history builds selective narratives around artist, particularly questioning how gender, sexuality, and personal relationships are understood in abstract, minimal artworks.

Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, Movement Research, EMPAC, The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Foxy Production, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, Chapter NY, and the Whitney Museum. Hall is also the director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, a lecture-performance series that has been hosted by MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Alderman Exhibitions, and by the Whitney Museum , producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writing and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including V Magazine, Randy, Bomb, Title Magazine, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (published by SculptureCenter) and in Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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