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Conceptual artist Allan McCollum has spent over fifty years exploring how objects can inspire various forms of meaning in different social and cultural contexts. Often creating sculptures, paintings, and photographs in series, he applies the concept of mass production to items that are, in fact, handmade, original artworks, blurring the boundaries between the two. He is well known for his Surrogate Paintings, first shown in 1978, which were recently on view in Washington at the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn. These works draw attention to major issues in contemporary art, addressing the realms of painting and sculpture, presence and absence, and physical and cerebral. In 2006, he created The Shapes Project, using the software program Adobe Illustrator to produce a unique artwork for every human on earth, again obscuring the divide between personal objects and mass production. McCollum will join Hirshhorn Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin to discuss his extensive career and how his art works within and reflects our society, which is, like his provocative practice, filled with contradictions.
We encourage you to arrive early. Lerner Room seating is limited. Any open seats may be released to walk-up visitors 10 minutes before the program.
ASL interpretation will be provided for this program.