ArtisTalk: Katharina Sieverding
December 4, 2012
Katharina Sieverding, in conversation with Lynette Roth, Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
Since the late 1960s, the Czech-born German artist Katharina Sieverding has consistently pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium in her use of large-scale images, extreme close-ups, and techniques such as solarization, color ?lters, or composite imagery. A student of Joseph Beuys, Sieverding uses her artistic practice—photography, ?lm, and installation—to address the relationship of the individual to society. Through her work, she participates in public discourse, often outside the space of the gallery.
The ArtisTalk lecture series for 2012–13 focuses on the theme of Art in Public Space—a timely subject as the Harvard Art Museums consider the reinstallation of the enhanced 32 Quincy Street building. Speakers include contemporary artists from Latin America, Europe, and the United States whose work engages viewers in public settings of varying scale and conditions: enclosed or open, vast or intimate, and in visual practices of various means, from performance to painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, and ?lm. The lectures will include conversations with the artists, who will discuss issues of place, scale, and performative aspects of their work, among other ideas. A reception and open ?rst?oor galleries will follow each ArtisTalk lecture.