Presented at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), ArtSpeak is a quarterly visual art forum bringing artists together with audiences in order to explore contemporary art forms, ideas, and concepts and make connections between the art and the greater community.
This installment of ArtSpeak features a discussion with the influential artist Andrea Fraser, and follows her recent performance for Prospect.3 New Orleans.
Andrea Fraser’s work has been identified with performance, video, project-based art, context art, and institutional critique. She has created performances for Prospect.3 (P.3) New Orleans, the international contemporary art biennial; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; inSITE, San Diego/Tijuana; and the MICA Foundation, New York. She has performed solo work at the Whitechapel, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues.
Fraser’s recent performance for Prospect.3, Not just a few of us, is the interpretation of one rare public confrontation with racist systems in contemporary New Orleans: a 1991 City Council hearing regarding the official desegregation of the unofficially self-segregated Mardi Gras krewes. Fraser has transcribed, internalized, and performed the heat: one person embodying divergent voices and perspectives.
Her major projects include installations for the Berkeley Art Museum; the Kunstverein Munich; the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion); the Whitney Biennial; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the Kunsthalle Bern; the Sprengel Museum Hannover; the Bienal de São Paulo; and Tate Modern.
Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia; the Kunstverein Hamburg; the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University; the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. In 2013, a major retrospective of her work was organized by the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, in conjunction with her receipt of the Wolfgang-Hahn Prize, awarded by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig Köln.
Her essays and performance texts have appeared in Art in America, Afterimage, October, Texte zur Kunst, Social Text, Critical Quarterly, Documents, Artforum, and Grey Room. Books include Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003, Dumont, 2003; Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, MIT Press, 2005; and Texts, Scripts, Transcripts, Museum Ludwig, 2013.