Sculptor Charles Ray (BA '75, Art): Alumni Fellow Residency
Apr 16, 2019
Charles Ray (BA '75, Art) is a world-renowned American artist celebrated for his sculptures of altered and refashioned familiar objects. He is visiting the University of Iowa campus as an Alumni Fellow of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times wrote that Ray's "career as an artist…is easily among the most important of the last twenty years."
A 1975 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, he has had solo museum exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015), Kunstmuseum Basel (2014), Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2006), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1998). His work has been included in Documenta IX (1992), three iterations of the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003, 2013), and five installments of the Whitney Biennial (1989, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2010).
Events associated with Charles Ray's Alumni Fellow visit:
- Objects, Sculptures, Locations: Lunchtime Lecture Series
- 12:20-1:30, Tuesday 4/16, 240 ABW: Objects in Relation to the Arts: a Lunchtime Lecture by Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy, Southern California Institute of Architecture
- 12:30-1:30, Wednesday 4/17, 240 ABW: Sculptures Made by Ghosts: a Lunchtime lecture by Charles Ray
- 12:20-1:30, Thursday 4/18, 240 ABW: Sculpture and Space in Greece: Then and Now a Lunchtime Lecture by Richard Neer, Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
- 7:30, Wednesday 4/17, 240 ABW: My Soul is an Object: Artist Talk with Charles Ray
- 3:30-4:30, Tuesday 4/16, meet in front of Visual Art Building: Campus Sculpture Walk with Charles Ray and Director Lauren Lessing, UI Stanley Museum of Art
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