Monday, August 25, 2008

Dia:Beacon Gallery Talk: Aug 30, 1pm

Jennifer Mackiewicz, Beacon's resident authority on all things Michael Heizer will be giving a gallery talk on the artist this Saturday, Aug. 30, at Dia:Beacon. The gallery talk, as usual, is scheduled for 1pm.
Reservations are suggested, call 845 440 0100 x 44
Jennifer Mackiewicz worked for Michael Heizer for eleven years as the artist's
assistant and Operations Manager for the Heizer Studio. She continues to serve
as the artist's liaison and is Vice-President of the Triple Aught Foundation,
founded to preserve the artist's archives and to see the completion of the City
project. Ms. Mackiewicz received her Bachelor's in Studio Arts from the Center
for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is currently working as an arts consultant
and pursuing her personal art practice.
Michael Heizer was born in Berkeley, California, in 1944, the son of the anthropologist Robert Heizer. After briefly attending the San Francisco Art Institute in 1963-64, he moved to New York in 1966. In 1967 Heizer began creating large Earthworks, primarily in California and Nevada. For his first one-person show, at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, in 1969, he removed 1,000 tons of earth in a conical shape to create Munich Depression. He followed this with Double Negative, a displacement of over 240,000 tons of earth to make two vast incisions opposite one another on the
edge of Virgin River mesa, Nevada. Heizer's next one-person show was at the Dwan
Gallery, New York, in 1970, and that same year he exhibited in the International
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Major exhibitions of his work have been staged
at institutions such as the Museum Folkwang, Essen (1979), and the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984). Heizer lives in Nevada, where he continues
to work on City, a sculptural complex begun in 1970 currently supported by Dia
and Lannan Foundation. Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations
that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with
admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection,
the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers,
and take place in museum's galleries. Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made
possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a
State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.

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