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University of Oregon Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture-William Powhida: “After the Contemporary”

University of Oregon- Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Thursday, October 12, 2017

William Powhida: “After the Contemporary”

William Powhida will discuss his recent show “After the Contemporary” at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art. The exhibition was the artist’s first museum solo show and offered a fictive survey of The Contemporary, a period of art history from 2000 – 2025 defined by the expansion of the art market. The exhibition also included a retrospective of the artist’s works from 2004- 2047, made possibly by the 2050 setting of the exhibition. The lecture will cover works included in the show as well previous exhibitions and projects that informed “After the Contemporary”.

William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including “Overculture” at Postmasters Gallery, “Bill by Bill” at Charlie James Gallery, “POWHIDA” at Marlborough Gallery and “#class” at Winkleman Gallery.

Powhida is also an infrequent contributor to ArtFCity and Hyperallergic on issues that alarm him. His complicit criticism has been rewarded with gallery representation, numerous exhibitions and critical debate. He was born in 1976 in upstate New York and still lives and works in New York City despite the crushing cost of living and working. He is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York, Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, and Platform Gallery in Seattle.

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