Baltimore

Roxy Paine, Paint Dipper, 1997.

Roxy Paine, Paint Dipper, 1997.

Baltimore

Work Ethic

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
October 12, 2003–January 4, 2004

Wexner Center for the Arts
The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
September 17, 2004–January 2, 2005

Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
May 15–August 1, 2004

Modern artists have always had a hard time convincing people that their efforts really qualify as “work.” With the advent of Conceptualism, things only got worse. Now, in an ambitious survey of post-’60s practitioners, curator Helen Molesworth suggests that the creation of much contemporary art in fact involves precisely those skills most prized in our new information economy. The nearly eighty objects on view range from videos of Bruce Nauman’s obsessive, self-imposed task performance to documentation of David Hammons’s Bliz-aard Ball Sale to a 1976 Sol LeWitt wall drawing in the museum space. A full-color, 244-page catalogue accompanies the exhibit. Think of reading it as homework.

Oct. 12–Jan. 4; Des Moines Center for the Arts, May 15, 2004–Aug. 1, 2004; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, Sept. 17, 2004–Jan. 2, 2005.