January 13, 2010 - Glasgow Sculpture Studios - Jimmie Durham
January 13, 2010

Jimmie Durham

The Doorman, 2009
Mixed Media
© Jimmie Durham & Kurimanzutto Gallery

Jimmie Durham

Jimmie Durham
Production Residency
Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation
1 February – 30 April 2010

Solo Exhibition at Glasgow Sculpture Studios
145 Kelvinhaugh Street Scotland G3 8PX


16 April – 31 July 2010

Talking whilst working with the artist

Each Saturday during the Festival
2:30 – 4:30pm

Exclusively for Glasgow International
Festival of Visual Art


16 April – 3 May 2010

Seminal American sculptor, essayist and poet Jimmie Durham‘s 47-year career has seen him create, perform and exhibit work across the globe. His first solo exhibition at the University of Texas, Austin in 1965 occurred during a period when the cultural and political uses of material, objects and space were central to his practice. Since that time his substantial career has deftly bridged the space between art and activism. From 1969 he was based in Europe (studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva) returning to the USA in 1973; from 1987 -1994 he lived and worked in Mexico returning to Europe in the mid 90s where he is currently based. Although his work is primarily sculptural, Durham’s oeuvre has also embraced theatre, performance, literature and poetry and is often embedded and affected by the location in which it is produced.

Founded in 1988, Glasgow Sculpture Studios is a unique centre for research, production, presentation and the dissemination of contemporary sculptural practices. It provides specialist production and research facilities to a vibrant community of over 120 professional Artist and Associate Members who are at varying stages of their careers; from emergent and recent graduates through to established artists whose practice is recognised at the highest level; from representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale, being nominated for the Turner Prize to winning Becks Futures.

Durham will undertake the next Glasgow Sculpture Studios Production Residency supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, The Glenfiddich Distillery and Cove Park this Spring; culminating in a series of intimate performance events, and leading to a large-scale sculptural installation, co-commissioned by, and exclusively for, the 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

This will be the first residency Durham has undertaken in Scotland, and his first solo exhibition of new work in the country, bringing Durham together with over fifty studio holders and members, offering a rare opportunity for dialogue and cultural exchange between Durham and a generation of artists whose practices may have been influenced by his practice.

Taking place in the city every other year, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art Festival has already become a unique event in the cultural calendar with one of the most groundbreaking and dynamic presentations in contemporary visual arts practice. The Festival will also provide an opportunity for both reflection and future gazing, coinciding as it does with the 20th anniversary of Glasgow’s reign as European Capital of Culture in 1990.

Durham’s Public Programme begins with a talk as part of The Glasgow School of Art‘s prestigious Friday Event Lecture Series, organised by The School of Fine Art.

29 January 2010
The Usual Song and Dance Routine with a Few Minor Interruptions

This lecture will provide an insight into the extensive knowledge and experience of Jimmie Durham.


11am – 12:30pm Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street G3 6RB

3 February 2010
On Movement (and Memory)
Jonathan Bonfiglio
, a writer and independent producer based in Mexico, will present a talk in the historically significant Burns Room in the city’s Mitchell Library that encompasses all aspects of how we move and how that helps us to create memories, in an ultimately futile attempt to immortalise ourselves. Follow Bonfiglio’s journey via Twitter as he travels from Mexico to Glasgow, and back. Sign up here twitter.com/movementmemory
6 – 7:30pm Burns Room The Mitchell Library 201 North Street G3 7DN

23 March 2010

Curated by Dr Dominic Paterson (History of Art Department, University of Glasgow) the ‘Primers’ are a programme of events introducing the theme of ‘past, present and future’ through a series of talks and artists’ film screenings by participating artists.

This year’s Public Programme has been developed by Amy Sales to reflect the diverse range of approaches to contemporary sculpture and Glasgow as a centre for the production and exhibition of internationally significant visual art. For further information e-mail amy@glasgowsculpturestudios.org

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