New York

Adrien Piper

Alternative Museum

This retrospective of Adrian Piper’s works consisted of an uncommonly small and unassuming set of objects that took on larger dimensions and greater depth as one examined them. Most of the exhibition (which was curated by Jane Farver) featured photographs conspicuously lacking in technical splendor, videotapes in an easy and relaxed interviewlike style, looseleaf binders containing conceptual works based on mental experiments, and audiocassette players with headphones. Many of these deal with complex areas of language and thought, subjects that Piper has studied intensively for more than 15 years.

Piper’s background is unusual, even for a Conceptual artist of somewhat classic mold. She became involved in both performance and Conceptual art while studying fine arts at the School of Visual Arts and then philosophy at City College of New York, and went on to get a Ph.D. in philosophy from

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