This research workshop is based on the exhibition H. C. Westermann. Goin’ Home, conceived as a kaleidoscope to shed light on a maverick account of post-war American art. Regarded as an artists’ artist, Westermann married the critical commitment of sculptors and painters schooled in Chicago — he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago himself on two occasions — with the iconoclastic visions of East Coast Funk Art sculptures. In Westermann there is the concurrence of physical object art, reminiscent of Pop’s most countercultural side, and the representation of an irrational America with a biting sense of humour; yet, despite his relationship with different movements, Westermann’s sculptures and drawings are fiercely unique and characterised by reflections on living, the construction of anti-monuments and a scrutiny of death.
The workshop comprises three sessions, the first conducted by the exhibition’s curator Beatriz Velázquez, the second by artist Carlos Fernández-Pello, and the third by art historian Patricia Mayayo, each of whom will pose questions that evoke the work of H. C. Westermann through the specific nature of their own disciplines.
These sessions are pitched at anyone interested in art as a process of knowledge from multiple perspectives: writing, artistic practice, curatorship, education and thought.
Manuel Cámara studied civil engineering, and is a specialist on Martin Heidegger’s work and H. C. Westermann’s oeuvre, examining the intersections between living and constructing in the artist’s work.
Carlos Fernández-Pello is an artist, designer and professor at IED Madrid. He combines his artistic practice with curating, audiovisual production, writing and DIY, and, through the object, his work focuses on a broad range of speculative and epistemological interests.
Patricia Mayayo is head professor of Art History at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Her research encompasses and crosses different fields of work: women’s history, feminist and queer historiography, and the study of contemporary artistic practices.
Beatriz Velázquez is the curator of the exhibition H. C. Westermann. Goin’ Home. After her initial studies in engineering, she studied the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University (New York) and the MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture run by the Museo Reina Sofía, where she currently forms part of the Exhibitions Department.
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