The Smoking Image

Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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GDM - Grandad’s Visitor Centre, 2016. Installation image at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo by Agostino Osio

The video artist Laure Prouvost gives a free, public lecture as part of the 2018 Spring Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS) lecture series. 

Ideally these few words are a good description of what might happen when Prouvost is coming to share a few things, as it HEAt, HITs Her that grand dad is lost in the tunnel of history while grand m's dreams are coming to reality, reliques have appeared as some magic electrinics are activating these smoking words.

Photo by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, MinneapolisLaure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France. She lives and works between Monaco, France, and Knokke, Belgium. Solo exhibitions include They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; High Line Art, New York, US; Softer and rounder so as to shine through your smooth marble as part of The Uses of Art, SALT Galata, Istanbul; The Wet, Wet Wanderer as part of Para/Fiction at Witte de With Art Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2017); A Way To Leak, Lick, Leek at Fahrenheit, Los Angeles (2016); We Will Go Far at Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart; It, Heat, Hit at e-flux, New York; Dear dirty dark drink drift down deep droll (in der dole) at carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Der Öffentlichkeit — Von Den Freunden Haus Der Kunst at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015); For Forgetting at New Museum, New York (2014); Laure Prouvost / Adam Chodzko at Tate Britain, London (2013). Group shows include The Great Acceleration at the Taipei Biennial (2014); Portraits d’Intérieurs at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; and Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013 at Tate Britain, London (2013). Provoust received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011 and the Turner Prize in 2013.

The Spring 2018 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union is organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding and support from the Robert Lehman Foundation for the series. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Laure Prouvost's lecture has benefitted from support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Photo by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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