360 Speaker Series: Elmgreen & Dragset

Exhibition Artists

September 14, 2019
1:30 p.m.

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset re-interpret familiar designs and spatial structures that surround us in our everyday lives with criticality and subversive wit. The artists’ diverse approaches to making often incorporate performative and narrative elements on subjects that encompass the personal, the social, and political, such as youth and aging, HIV and AIDS awareness, gay rights, and the privatization of public space. 

Open to the public. Free with museum admission. Free for Members. Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.

Elmgreen & Dragset Biography 

Michael Elmgreen (born in 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark) & Ingar Dragset (born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway) have worked as a duo since 1995. They live and work in Berlin, Germany. 

Elmgreen & Dragset have been working together since 1995 at the crossroads of art and architecture, performance and installation. Preoccupied with objects and their settings, and the discourse that can arise when those objects are radically recontextualized, Elmgreen & Dragset push against the normal modes for the display of art. Whether presenting sculptures or total environments, their work draws attention to the institutions that host them and their attendant politics. Performativity and participation are fraught in the work of Elmgreen & Dragset as their work invites and denies participation in equal measure (pools are emptied, diving boards are oriented vertically, bars are inaccessible, sinks dysfunctional). Quotidian objects are stripped of their utility and regarded as sculptural phenomena, taking on Minimalist aesthetics that challenge the sterilizing force of the white cube. In the same way, Elmgreen & Dragset’s outdoor public sculpture recontextualize the surroundings in which they are located, such as well-known projects like Van Gogh’s Ear at Rockefeller Plaza in New York or Prada Marfa along Highway 90 in the middle of the Texan desert.   

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor of 360: Martha and Max Wells.

The 360 videography project is supported by Suzanne and Ansel Aberly: this support enables digital recording of all 360 Speaker Series programs and the creation of an online archive for learners of all ages.