Fall 2000 Talks
Jeff Koons (b.1955, York, PA) is known for transforming familiar objects into iconographic artworks. Utilizing emblems of contemporary culture, from Hoover vacuum cleaners and basketballs to Play-Doh and the Pink Panther, Koons creates works that are at once new and familiar.
Currently on view at Rockefeller Center in an exhibition organized by the Public Art Fund, Jeff Koons’ Puppy stands where the world-famous Christmas Tree is sited every winter. A sensational feat of sculptural imagination, horticultural dexterity and engineering skill, Puppy is a major artistic achievement that continues to draw huge crowds and critical acclaim. Measuring more than 40 feet in height and covered with over 70,000 flowers, Puppy requires 25 tons of soil, and a team of over 50 riggers, horticulturists and volunteers to install.
Working from newspaper and magazine clippings, videos, and photographs, Elizabeth Peyton (b.1965, Danbury, CT) creates paintings that are simultaneously intimate and generalized. There is a vulnerability about all her subjects, which range from famous figures like Kurt Cobain and Prince William to the artist’s own close friends.
Tony Oursler (b.1957, New York City, NY) creates show-stopping installations by mixing the latest audio and video technology with sculpture. Using abstract narratives, Oursler’s jabbering mannequins demand attention. Viewers are forced to momentarily take part in his psycho-dramatic scenarios, creating the raw encounters that have become signatures of his work.
Paul Pfeiffer, Christine Hill, Tony Matelli, and Maria Elena González
(moderated by Ronald Jones)
Roundtable discussion moderated by Ronald Jones with artists Paul Pfeiffer, Christine Hill, Tony Matelli, and Maria Elena González.
Public Art Fund Talks are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
The Great Hall, Cooper Union