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Andrea Fraser Considers the Role of Artists and Institutions in the Rise of Right-Wing Populism

Eschewing the divisive polarization that has characterized much contemporary political discourse, Fraser examines the role that left-leaning artists and institutions may have played.

Andrea Fraser (image courtesy the artist)

Throughout her 30-year career, performance artist Andrea Fraser has engaged in wide-ranging institutional critique, challenging the very structures that make her work possible. Notable pieces include “Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk” (1989) in which Fraser played the role of a tour guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering a satirical and exaggerated version of a docent’s talk; and “Little Frank and his Carp” (2001), a surreptitious video depicting Fraser erotically rubbing her body against a column in the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Bilbao, in response to an audio guide’s suggestion to touch the building’s “sensual” curves.

This Sunday, the ICA LA will be hosting a lecture given by Fraser titled “Toward a Reflexive Resistance,” which follows from her recently published essay in the quarterly art journal X-TRA. Eschewing the divisive polarization that has characterized much contemporary political discourse, Fraser aims to examine the role that left-leaning artists and institutions may have played in contributing to the “success of right-wing populism.”

When: Sunday, March 11, 3–5pm
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICALA) (1717 E. 7th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles,)

More info at ICALA.

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