CLEVELAND (January 27, 2015) – The Cleveland Museum of Art Contemporary Artists Lecture Series is a free lecture series that brings distinguished, cutting-edge contemporary artists to Cleveland to discuss their work. The next installment of the series, titled Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, will feature artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. These provocative artists collaborate on projects that use the book form, photography, video and installation art to explore political conflict, violence and the ramifications of image-making. The lecture will take place Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Recital Hall. A book signing and free reception in the Susan M. Kaesgen Education Gallery and Lobby will follow the talk.
Collaborators for 17 years, Broomberg and Chanarin will discuss recent artworks as well as their current projects. Their works comment on the character and influence of the medium of photography through explorations of themes such as the nature and prevalence of war, race and racism and the uncomfortable part that image-making plays in propagating human suffering. An audience Q&A session will follow the lecture. Visitors who attend the book signing and reception will have the opportunity to meet the artists and share their thoughts on the lecture experience.
About the Artists
Raised in South Africa, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin live and work in London. Their art has been featured in exhibitions at leading museums around the world including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, The Gwangju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, New York’s International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery in London, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art and Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including the Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2013, they were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for War Primer 2, and most recently were awarded the ICP Infinity Award 2014 for their publication, Holy Bible.
About the Contemporary Artist Lecture Series
The Cleveland Museum of Art Contemporary Artists Lecture Series, now in its fourth year, provides audiences direct access to today’s leading visual artists, photographers, composers and performers through annual lectures and Q&A sessions. The lectures are dedicated to deepening knowledge of noteworthy artworks, artistic expressions and creative processes.
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