Americas

Andrea Fraser
2016 in Museums, Moneys, and Politics

The year 2016 is organized like a telephone book; the data corresponding to the contributions are classified in alphabetical order by the name of the donor. With this database as well as other types of information, the 900-page book presents a material representation of the scale of the cross over between cultural philanthropy and the financing of political campaigns in America. It also provides an unprecedented resource for discovering the political leaning of the museum sector. The work includes a postface by Jamie Stevens, the former curator and program coordinator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, tracing the evolution of the book.

For the last 30 years the artist Andrea Fraser has been engaged in an enquiry into what it we expect from art. Combining feminist perspectives on subjectivity and desire with scientific practice, her work calls upon a situated, research based practice that emerged alongside conceptual art and institutional critique of the 60s. Her work spans performance and video as well as various other domains.