• Sol LeWitt, Serial Project No. 1 (Set B), 1966.

    Sol LeWitt, Serial Project No. 1 (Set B), 1966.

    A Minimal Future? Art as Object

    MOCA Geffen Contemporary
    152 North Central Avenue
    March 14–August 2, 2004

    Curated by Ann Goldstein

    “On the cover of Arts in March 1967,” says MoCA senior curator Ann Goldstein, “there was this question: ‘A Minimal Future?’ Minimalism was in the process of being canonized and assessed, and the writers were asking whether it was just another ism or more of a structural change in artmaking. I’m interested in posing that question again.” And it’s about time: These 150 works by forty artists constitute the first large-scale reexamination of Minimalism at an American museum. Goldstein’s sweep runs from 1958 to 1968; surprise inclusions like Claes Oldenburg appear alongside canonical names. The catalogue features essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, James Meyer, and others. Expect to find more than one Minimalism and a detailed understanding of a consequential body of ideas.

  • Cadillac Ranch: The Restoration, 1974/2002. Installation view, Amarillo, TX. Photo: Wyatt.

    Cadillac Ranch: The Restoration, 1974/2002. Installation view, Amarillo, TX. Photo: Wyatt.

    Ant Farm

    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
    2155 Center Street
    January 21–April 26, 2004

    Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston
    4173 Elgin Street
    January 15–March 13, 2005

    ZKM | Center for Art and Media
    Lorenzstraße 19
    June 11, 2013–July 24, 2005

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    Bergamot Station G1 2525 Michigan Avenue
    July 2–August 14, 2004

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    September 10–December 12, 2004

    Curated by Constance Lewallen and Steve Seid

    Europe in the 1960s and ’70s was a heady hodgepodge of radical utopian architectural groups such as Archigram, Utopie, and Superstudio. But the US had renegade architects Chip Lord, Doug Michels, and Curtis Schreier—aka Ant Farm. Deprived of a centuries-old architectural history to rebel against, the Ant Farmers integrated architecture with art, design, and video, all with a singular wittiness. This, their first museum retrospective, features over two hundred components dating from 1968 to 1978, including blueprints, architectural models, collages, video, and sculpture.