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Services Transcript Reading and Video Documentation at LAXART
Apr 3, 2016



Screening begins at LAXART at 11:00AM and runs until 6:00PM; Reading begins at 3:00PM and runs until 6:00PM. 

LA><ART is pleased to present a one-day reading and installation revisiting the influential exhibition project, “Services.” Organized by art historian, curator and critic Helmut Draxler and the artist Andrea Fraser, the exhibition "Services: The Conditions and Relations of Service Provision in Contemporary Project Oriented Artistic Practice," opened on January 24, 1994 at the Kunstraum Lüneburg. The opening of the exhibition was preceded by two days of working-group discussions between artists and curators--joined by Draxler and Fraser--that reflected on efforts to reform the social relations and material conditions of exhibition practices. The program at LA><ART will reanimate transcripts Fraser produced from audio recordings of the “Services” working-group sessions; these transcripts will be read aloud by different, invited practitioners working today. In addition to this reading, video documentation of the 1994 working-group discussions at the Kunstraum Lüneburg will be on view in the main gallery. This program revisits “Services” twenty years later to recognize how an under-historicized exhibition provides a model for inquiry into the contentious relations and conditions of exhibition-making today. The script reading and video at LA><ART on April 3rd will be followed by a discussion with Andrea Fraser, art historian Rhea Anastas, and artist Simon Leung at the Hammer Museum on April 5th.  



Readers of the “Services” transcript at LA><ART: Basma Alsharif, Michael Ned Holte, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Ashley Hunt, Jamillah James, Adrià Julià, Nevin Kallepalli, Jeff Khonsary, Kate McNamara, Sohrab Mohebbi, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Lanka Tattersall, Frances Stark, A.L. Steiner, Martine Syms, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Lincoln Tobier, Noura Wedell, and Kate Wolf.   


The “Services” working-group discussants at the Kunstraum Lüneburg (1994): Judith Barry, Ute Meta Bauer, Jochen Becker, Ulrich Bischoff, Beatrice von Bismarck, Iwona Blazwick, Susan Cahan, Michael Clegg, Stephan Dillemuth, Helmut Draxler, Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Martin Guttmann, Renate Lorenz, Christian Philipp Müller, Fritz Rahmann, Fred Wilson, and Ulf Wuggenig.


Documentation of "Services: The Conditions and Relations of Service Provision in Contemporary Project Orientated Artistic Practice," organized by Helmut Draxler and Andrea Fraser, 22– 23 January 1994, Kunstraum of Lüneburg University, Lüneburg 1994. Videographer: Olaf Krafft. Courtesy Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Above photo: Michael Schindel, Hamburg.



This program is co-presented with the Hammer Museum.




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