Thursday 08/31/17 7PM
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Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Kaari Upson in Conversation with Leslie Dick

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Kaari Upson, Split Eye, 2012–17 (still). HD video, color, sound. © Kaari Upson. Courtesy the artist, Massimo De Carlo, and Sprüth Magers. Photo: Marten Elder

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Join us for a special conversation between artist Kaari Upson and writer and critic Leslie Dick, introduced by Curator Margot Norton, on the occasion of the exhibition “Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone,” the first New York presentation of work by the Los Angeles–based artist. Since 1992, Dick has been a faculty member at CalArts, the school Upson attended for both her BFA and MFA, and the two have known each other for many years. They will discuss Upson’s work, which tracks open-ended, circuitous narratives that weave elements of fantasy, physical and psychological trauma, and the often-fraught pursuit of an American ideal. The conversation will take cues from the artist’s New Museum exhibition, which debuts a new series of works centering around a family living in a tract house in Las Vegas. The series explores an environment characterized by its architectural mirroring, yet haunted by the psychological tensions inherent in striving toward an imaginary perfect double.

Kaari Upson was born in 1972 in San Bernardino, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works have recently been included in the group exhibitions “Adhesive Products,” Bergen Kunsthall (2016); “The Los Angeles Project,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); “Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art,” 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” Miami (2015); “Test Pattern,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); and “The Residue of Memory,” Aspen Art Museum (2012).

Leslie Dick is a writer and critic living in Los Angeles. She was a full-time critic in Sculpture at Yale School of Art for the academic year 2016–17. Dick is currently co-director of the Art Program at CalArts, where she has taught since 1992.


Artist talks and conversations in 2017 are sponsored by First Republic.

Generous ongoing support is provided by The Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Education and community programs for “Kaari Upson: Good Thing You Are Not Alone” are supported, in part, by American Chai Trust.

Full support for “Kaari Upson: Good Thing You Are Not Alone” can be viewed here.

Education Supporters
Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum

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