October 5, 2014 - Art Institute of Chicago - Joseph Beuys: Untitled (Sun State), 1974
October 5, 2014

Joseph Beuys: Untitled (Sun State), 1974

Joseph Beuys’s lecture at SAIC in 1974. Photo © 2012 Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl.

Joseph Beuys: Untitled (Sun State), 1974
Through February 6, 2015

The Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery 294
111 South Michigan Avenue


Joseph Beuys spoke at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) during his 1974 trip to the United States to promote his Free International University. The chalkboard created during that lecture-performance returns to Chicago on the 40th anniversary of the artist’s historic trip, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

This presentation is made possible with generous support by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

This presentation is part of A Lived Practice, SAIC’s fall program that explores the role artists can play in shaping the future. 

Related exhibitions and events include:

A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action
Through December 20
Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State Street, 7th floor 

At the core of Chicago’s intellectual and creative life stand influential artists for whom this city itself was a springboard for a new way of thinking about art at the intersection of society. This exhibition brings their ideas alive through ten newly commissioned projects by Jim DuignanPablo Helguera (BFA 1993), Dan Peterman, Pocket Guide to Hell, J. Morgan Puett (MFA 1984), Michael RakowitzTamms Year Ten and Laurie Jo Reynolds  (MFA 2000), Temporary Services, Rirkrit Tiravanija (MFA 1986), and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1985), whose new work, Seven Thousand Cords (After Beuys), is a contemporary response to Joseph Beuys’s renowned social sculpture/ecological project 7000 Oaks.

A Lived Practice symposium
November 6–8
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 South Michigan Avenue
Registration for A Lived Practice symposium will open in mid-October.

This weekend intensive program probes the reciprocal relationship of art and life featuring presentations by Lewis Hyde, Crispin Sartwell, Ken Dunn, Ernesto Pujol, and Wolfgang Zumdick, whose lecture will examine Joseph Beuys’s view on evolution and how today’s art practices connect and relate to his concepts and practice.

The symposium is presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Federal Republic of Germany, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Salzburg Global Seminar, and SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program.

About the Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices. For more information, please visit artic.edu.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. For more information, please visit saic.edu.

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