Bruce Nauman, Neck Pull, 1968/2006, color photograph, 20 x 28“. Photo: Jack Fulton. From the series ”Infrared Outtakes," 1968/2006. © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


“A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s”

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street
January 17–April 15

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
October 12–January 13

Castello di Rivoli
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
May 23–September 9

Curated by Constance Lewallen

Bruce Nauman may have made his name in seminal New York group shows such as Lucy Lippard’s “Eccentric Abstraction” (Fischbach Gallery, 1966) and Marcia Tucker and James Monte’s “Anti-Illusion” (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1969), but the artist was then living in the Bay Area, where he received his MFA from UC Davis in 1966 and later taught at the San Francisco Art Institute. Featuring 118 works—including a newly discovered fiberglass sculpture saved by Nauman’s classmate though forgotten by the artist himself—this exhibition, curated by Constance Lewallen, promises to shed much-needed light on Nauman’s early career, placing it in the context of the Bay Area’s then-burgeoning Conceptual-art scene. The catalogue features essays by Anne M. Wagner, Robert Storr, and others. Travels to Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, May 23–Sept. 9; Menil Collection, Houston, Oct. 12, 2007–Jan. 13, 2008.