“The State of the Union”
Gerard Byrne worked alongside Ed Keegan as art movers for a now defunct company in New York. During winter and summer breaks, Ed’s son Matt, then an undergraduate student, would join them.
Ed went on to star as Lee Iacocca in Byrne’s 1997 video Why It’s Time for Imperial, Again. In the spirit of commingling art and life, found at the root of Byrne and Sarah Pierce’s exhibition, “Monogamy,” Matt Keegan will discuss his recent work in a conversational lecture titled “The State of the Union.”
This lecture is the first of three artist talks leading up to the exhibition Monogamy, featuring Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce, opening in the CCS Bard Galleries on March 24th.
Matt Keegan is a visual artist whose work includes sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting. At the root of his varied practice is a strong interest in language–as it relates to cognition as well as its centrality for communication and exchange. Keegan has employed familiar phrases in recent sculpture to highlight the materiality of language and translate open-ended phrases into iconic signage. An ardent archivist and amateur social historian, Keegan has recently begun making short documentary videos that are significant companions to gallery installations. Foundational to his archival interests, Keegan was the co-founding editor of North Drive Press, an annual art publication published between 2004-2010. Last Spring, he edited ==, an art edition featuring commissioned texts, interviews and multiples, published by mfc michéle didier.
Most recently, Keegan had a two-person exhibition, with Eileen Quinlan, at The Kitchen, New York. Over the last two years, his work has been featured at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, FOAM Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Art Institute of Chicago, SculptureCenter, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Aspen Art Museum. Keegan will have a two-person show with James Richards at the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway, later this year.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.