Beatrice von Bismarck
With the transformations in media, economic and political modes of visibility at the end of the 1960s, demands on how art can become public also underwent decisive changes. Given that Bruce Nauman, in his works of the 1960s and early 1970s, fundamentally challenged not only his own status as artist, but also the status of the artwork itself and the relationship of both to the audience, how and in what form were these shifting demands of visibility actually played out in his articulation of his public presence? The lecture probes this issue by examining Nauman’s participation in exhibitions up until his first major retrospective in 1972—73, in order to put into focus on the metalevel his presentational positioning within the context of the specific changes of the art field.
Beatrice von Bismarck is Professor for Art History and Visual Studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB). She worked as a curator at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt am Main, was co-founder of the Kunstraum belonging to Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and programme director of the HGB’s own gallery in Leipzig. In 2009 she was the initiator of the MA-program Cultures of the Curatorial at the HGB. Her main research areas include modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice, aesthetic, social and political possibilities of curatorial work, the implications of globalization for the cultural sphere and the functions of the postmodern image of the artist. Beatrice von Bismarck’s numerous publications include, among others, Bruce Nauman: Der wahre Künstler / The True Artist, Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, 1998, Grenzbespielungen. Visuelle Politik in der Übergangszone, (editor), Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005, Auftritt als Künstler: Funktion eines Mythos, Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2010 as well as Cultures of the Curatorial (co-edited with Jörn Schafaff and Thomas Weski), Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012. In 2010 Beatrice von Bismarck was a Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. 2015–2017 she was awarded the “Opus Magnum”-grant of VolkswagenStiftung, and in spring 2018 she was Philippe Jabre Visiting Professor in Art History and Curating at the Department of Fine Arts & Art History at the American University of Beirut.