The Visitor Talks: Brian O’Doherty + Prem Krishnamurthy

November 2, 2015 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CCS Bard, Classroom 102

Brian O’Doherty (b. 1928, Ireland) has led a remarkable and multifaceted career. He practiced as a medical doctor for five years in Dublin, studied visual perception at Cambridge university’s  experimental psychology laboratories, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He relocated to the USA in 1957, where he hosted two television shows on art and culture. O’Doherty served as an art critic for the New York Times and as editor-in-chief of Art in America magazine. He edited and designed the groundbreaking “conceptual issue” of the multimedia magazine-in-a-box Aspen (1967), as well as authored the seminal book Inside the White Cube. While part-time director of the NEA’s visual arts and media program, he helped make Soho a magnet for artists, coined the term “alternative space,” and championed early video art. From 1972 to 2008, he worked as an artist under the pseudonym Patrick Ireland, one of several “disguises” adapted over the decades. The deeply political name responds to a British atrocity in Northern Ireland. Patrick Ireland was buried during a funeral in Dublin (2008). O’Doherty has mounted over forty solo exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. and has been the subject of several museum retrospectives, as well as gallery exhibitions , including Connecting the … (P! / Simone Subal Gallery, 2014). He is the author of several novels, including The Deposition of Father McGreevy (2000), which was nominated for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, The Crossdresser’s Secret, was published by Sternberg Press in February 2014.

Prem Krishnamurthy is a New York-based designer and curator. As a founding principal of the design studio Project Projects, he is the recipient of Cooper Hewitt Museum’s 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. With Project Projects, he has worked with institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University School of the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, Istanbul Design Biennial, The Jewish Museum (New York), M+, MoMA, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, RISD Museum, SALT (Istanbul), Whitney Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery, as well as artists such as Julie Ault, Judith Barry, Omer Fast, Jesper Just, Adam Pendleton, and Amie Siegel. Prem is also the founder/curator of P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space and gallery in New York City’s Chinatown. Positioned between a commercial gallery and a “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle,” P!’s exhibitions with Åbäke, Mel Bochner, Thomas Brinkmann, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Mathew Hale, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Karel Martens, Luna Maurer/Moniker, Brian O’Doherty, Zia Haider Rahman, Société Réaliste, Philippe Van Snick, Wong Kit Yi, and others, have been covered by publications including Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Design Observer, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He has edited books including MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (with Elizabeth Thomas), Speculation, Now (with Vyjayanthi Rao and Carin Kuoni, Duke University Press, 2015), and Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment (Paper Monument, 2012). Prem serves on the Board of Directors of the journal Triple Canopy and the Advisory Board of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at Parsons The New School for Design. His occasional live program, “Perchance: A Talkshow of P’s” premiered in Fall / Winter 2013 at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.

This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Plus One


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