In the 1990s, Oliver Herring became known for his exhibitions and performances in which he created woven Mylar sculptures of figures, clothing, and furniture. The transparency of the Mylar tape made it “genderless” for Herring, and he recognized that the act of knitting was slightly charged for a man in the ’90s. These works are Herring’s homage to the gender-bending drag performance artist, Ethyl Eichelberger, who suffered from AIDS and committed suicide in 1990. Two of Herring's important early works from his Mylar series are on exhibition in Material World through November 2014.
Since the ’90s Herring has created stop-motion videos, photography, and participatory performances with 'off the street strangers.' Embracing chance and chance encounters, his artworks set out to liberate participants to explore aspects of their personalities through art.
Beginning in 2002 Herring organized a series of participatory improvisational art events known as TASK parties. The Denver Art Museum will host a TASK party on March 28th in conjunction with the March Untitled event subtitled Say Anything.
Herring lives and works in New York City. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1964. He earned his BFA at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and his MFA from Hunter College. Herring has received grants from Artpace; New York Foundation for the Arts; and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, among others.
The lecture will begin at 7 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
Tickets are $8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others.
Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.
Image credit: Oliver Herring, Castle, 1994. Knit transparent Mylar. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.743. © and courtesy the artist.