Five College Consortium

Artist Oliver Herring Talk and Interactive TASK Party

Thu, Feb 22 2018 - 4:00pm to Fri, Feb 23 2018 - 7:00pm
Design Building Room: Atrium
The Department of Art hosts an artist talk and TASK party by internationally renowned artist Oliver Herring. TASK is an art party like no other in which participants of all ages dream up instructions for one another and carry them out with the materials provided. Among his many accolades, Oliver’s work was featured in Season 3 of PBS's "Art21: Art in the 21st Century." This is a unique chance to interface with a fascinating and highly regarded contemporary artist.
Both events are free and open to the public. The TASK Party is kid-friendly and fun for the whole family (of five). All are welcome for both exciting events, happening across two days in the Atrium of the new UMass Amherst Design Building. Facebook Event

Event schedule:

Artist talk: Thursday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Olver Design Building Atrium

TASK Party: Friday, Feb. 23, 4-7 p.m, Olver Design Building Atrium

Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Heidelberg, Germany) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002 he created the improvisatory art event TASK, used in classrooms and communities to access contemporary art in a way that is experimental, open-ended, and accessible to anyone. Among Herring’s early works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing, and furniture. These ethereal sculptures, which evoke introspection, mortality, and memory, are Herring’s homage to Ethyl Eichelberger, a drag performance artist who committed suicide in 1991. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with “off the street” strangers. He makes sets for his videos and performances with minimal means and materials, recycling elements from one artwork to the next. 
Herring's work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, NY; the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Camden Art Center, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; and Telescope project space, Beijing, China. Me Us Them, a fifteen year survey of Herring's work, was organized in 2009 at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. TASK has taken place all over the United States and beyond including in classrooms, museums, libraries and even a cornfield. Herring was featured on Season 3 of PBS’s program Art21: Art in the 21st Century.
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Oliver Herring: "TASK" | ART21 "Exclusive"