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VALIE EXPORT: Medial Imaginations

VALIE EXPORT, Squat Within II, 1972. Gelatin silver print with black paint. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Andra Freifrau von Fuchs and Markus Michalke, 2004.52.
© Valie Export/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VBK, Austria.

Lecture Busch-Reisinger Museum Lecture

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940) is one of the most important pioneers in conceptual media art, performance, and film. In this lecture, the artist will discuss her oeuvre, from her early Expanded Cinema works and conceptual photography to her most recent drawings and works in public spaces, as well as future projects.

“The image is located between sensual and intellectual perception. Looking at a tree, my perceptual ‘image’ differs greatly from the ‘real image’ of the tree. I will never perceive the ‘real image’ because it is located between these ‘realities.’ It remains unknown to me because it is overlaid with various fleeting perceptions. Thus, I can never really perceive it because it is only recognizable in ‘the space in-between.’ How might we encounter an image if we explore the gaps between media? Since the actual image exists in the gaps.” —VALIE EXPORT

Free admission

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.