Godfre Leung - invited artist lecture

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
 Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, God, ca. 1917, Philadelphia Museum of Art
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The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa presents GODFRE LEUNG
Wednesday, November 21st from 12 to 1pm
Department of Visual Arts 100 Laurier Ave. East, room 114

Support: An Art Historical Fan Fiction

This talk will rethink some of the classic texts of art history to write a speculative fiction of The Fountain, usually credited to Marcel Duchamp but sometimes to the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.  In analyzing The Fountain against the grain, as a medium-specific modernist sculpture as opposed to as a readymade or a work of proto-conceptual art, this talk will expound on the multiple meanings of the term “support” and what they mean for contemporary artistic practice—support in the formal sense of a sculpture’s base, pedestal, mount, or exhibition space; in the practical sense of funding and other forms of sustenance to an artist’s ability to live and create, house, and sell work; and in the feminist sense of historically uncompensated domestic labour, usually performed by women in “support” of a household.  Art historical texts discussed include “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin, “Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity” by Griselda Pollock, and “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” by Rosalind Krauss.  Also discussed will be the practice of several young Canadian woman artists who create non-monument-scale and non-site-specific indoor sculpture under the conditions of a high-density art world.