In the late 1960s, celebrated American artist Edward Kienholz took on arguably his most fraught subject to date—the toxic legacy of race relations in America. Five Car Stud was as ambitious as it was gruesome. A life-size tableau, it depicted four automobiles and a pickup truck, their headlights revealing a shocking act of violence. In this slide presentation, CHF Artistic Director Emeritus Lawrence Weschler, longtime friend of the late artist, discusses both Five Car Stud and its historical political backdrop, suggesting that it might be one of the most charged and revelatory works of the past half century of American art.
This lecture is one of three 2012 programs generously sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United States for national and international audiences. This program is presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
General Admission $10 student and teachers $5 purchase through CHF http://www.chicagohumanities.org/Genres/Arts-And-Architecture/2012f-Lawrence-Weschler-Harrowing-Masterpiece.aspx