Visiting Artist: Ellen Harvey

Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.


Join us for an intimate evening with the artist as she talks about her commissioned, site-specific project, Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C., the latest in the Gallery's NOW series. Ellen Harvey's art explores the pull of desire, the shocks of reality, and the histories embedded in ways of seeing. In work that ranges from painting and drawing to installation and public interventions, Harvey probes the gap between the imagined and actual -- art's promise of transcendence versus its reality. Well-known projects include New York Beautification Project (1999-2001) for which she illegally "tagged" New York City streets with small, Hudson River-style landscape paintings, and A Whitney for the Whitney (2003), for which she laboriously repainted every work in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating a purposefully inadequate stand-in for the museum. Before or after the lecture, tour through the exhibition.

Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ellen Harvey, Alien Souvenir Stand, 2013. Wood, oil on aluminum, watercolor on clayboard, empty propane tanks, aluminum, and lights, 10 x 17 x 5 ft. Photo: Etienne Frossard


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