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Office Hours
Tania Bruguera
Apr 2, 2013

Office Hours at LA><ART

Office Hours are occasions for extended in-person dialogues between artists and their publics. Taking from the academic tradition of “office hours,” participating artists offer scheduled one-on-one meetings to follow up on aspects of their work and further pursue open questions, in a setting apart from the lecture hall or classroom. As an ongoing program, Office Hours fosters reception of artistic interests through enquiry, exchange, and reflection.

Individuals may sign up for one 50-minute meeting by emailing one of the available dates and times listed below to: officehours@laxart.org. All meetings are held at LA><ART. The program is free and open to all publics. 

Participating artists and hours of availability:

Tania Bruguera

Available appointments:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
3pm – 3:50pm
4pm – 4:50pm
5pm – 5:50pm
Tania Bruguera is a Cuban-born interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance, installation and video. Her work researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, creating public forums to debate ideas in a state of contradiction, while also challenging notions of spectatorship and participation by transforming conditions for “viewing” into those for “citizenry.” Recent exhibitions include Catch Phrases and the Powers of Language, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2012; The Tanks: Art in Action, Tate Modern, London, 2012, and Forget Fear, 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2012. Bruguera participated in Documenta 11, the Venice Biennale, and the São Paulo Bienal. Her works have also been exhibited at the New Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Helsinki Art Museum; Whitechapel Art Gallery; Museum Bojimans van Beuningen, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst. Her performances have been presented at the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Belgium, and the Museo de Bellas Artes, Venezuela. In 2011, Bruguera spent a year operating a community space in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York as part of Immigrant Movement International, a long-term project presented by Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art. From 2003 to 2009, Bruguera was the founding director of Cátedra Arte de Conducta in Havana, the first performance and time-based art studies program in Cuba.

Tania Bruguera's participation in Office Hours is coordinated with USC Roski's Chelle Barbour, a 2013 Master's candidate in the MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program. The program emphasizes the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. In addition to realizing an individual work of advanced research in a thesis, Master's candidates produce a curatorial practicum and related programs as a means of raising social questions about art and art's publics. Barbour's work with Bruguera precedes the artist's free open public evening lecture at USC Roski on April 3rd (7pm), at the University Park Campus, 850 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089. 

Special acknowledgement is extended to Connie Butler, Visiting Professor in the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program at the Roski School of Fine Arts at USC and Chief Curator of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for her efforts in making Tania Bruguera's participation in Office Hours possible.

Other Office Hours artists and appointment dates include:

A.L. Steiner
A.L. Steiner uses constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, writing, performance, and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of an activated cynical queer eco-feminist androgyne. Steiner is a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of the project Ridykeulous, a founding member of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and she consistently collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists. Her works have been presented internationally at venues including the Tate Modern; the New Museum; P.S. 1/MoMA; the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; Centre Pompidou; The Kitchen; REDCAT, and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Her work is also included in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Marieluise Hessel Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. Her book Stop Onestar Press was published by Onestar Press in 2003. Steiner is currently based in Los Angeles and is faculty at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts in the MFA, MA, and undergraduate programs.

Available appointments with A.L. Steiner:
Friday, April 5, 2013
1pm – 1:50pm
2pm – 2:50pm
3pm – 3:50pm

Please check back periodically for additional participating artists and hours of availability.

Office Hours is the inaugural project for Discursive Programs at LA><ART. Please direct any questions regarding Office Hours or Discursive Programs to Eric Golo Stone, Adjunct Curator of Discursive Programs at LA><ART.