Valladolid, Spain 1998. Courtesy of the Gabarron Foundation.

Valladolid, Spain 1998. Courtesy of the Gabarron Foundation.

Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim (1938 - 2011, born in Electric City, Washington) received his B.F.A. from the School of Arts and Crafts, and an M.F.A. from Stanford University. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dennis Oppenheim exhibited his works internationally in galleries and museums including the Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Galerie Pro Arte, Germany; and the Joseph Helman Gallery, New York. He had been commissioned by many venues including Ballerup Kommune, Copenhagen; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Olympic Park, South Korea. Oppenheim, was recognized for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, and received international attention for a body of conceptual work that includes performance, sculpture, and photographs.

In the late sixties he created projects which embrace Earth and Body Art, Video and Performance Art. In a series of works produced between 1970 and 1974, Oppenheim used his own body as a site to challenge the self: he explored the boundaries of personal risk, transformation, and communication. 1981 opened a new chapter, with machine pieces, complex constructions which he used to create a metaphor for the artistic process. By the mid-eighties his sculpture was based on the transformation of everyday objects. From the mid-ninties on, his work became larger in scale and permanent, fusing sculpture and architecture.

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Proposed curriculum on contemporary art and performance:
Dennis Oppenheim and the art of survival, Day 17
  • Thu. Nov 17, 1:00 pm
Three conversational seminars around the life and work of Dennis Oppenheim. Each will bring distinct vantage points to the discussion of Oppenheim’s work and practice, and in particular his lifelong interrogation of the idea of performance and body projects. Free with reservation
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“Compression Fern” (1970) screening and action
  • Wed. Nov 16, 5:00 pm
Join us for a special screening of “Compression Fern” (1970) from Tooth and Nail: Film and Video 1970-1974 by Dennis Oppenheim. The viewing of “Compression Fern” (1970) will be paired with attempts to compress organic material provided on the night. Free with reservation
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