Manfred Mohr and the Technological Avant Garde

Image: Manfred Mohr, P-1682_616 (2014), pigment ink on paper, 23.6 x 31.5 in / 60 x 80 cm

Manfred Mohr and the Technological Avant Garde
Presented by Laura Blereau
Thursday, May 21, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Manfred Mohr is a visual artist who creates work rooted in the principles of geometry. In 1971 his career took an unexpected turn, when his work was featured in an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The show, Une Esthétique Programmée, was the first solo exhibition in a museum of works entirely calculated by a digital computer and drawn by a plotter machine. Ever since, his work has been inseparable from the historical development of computer art and its connection to radical arts conceptualism.

After living in Paris for twenty years, in 1983 Mohr moved to New York, where he is still active today. This presentation at the ICI Curatorial Hub will follow his trajectory as a painter and jazz musician who read Max Bense’s writings on information aesthetics in the 1960s, and developed into a revolutionary figure of the technological avant-garde. Mohr will share the ideas driving his current practices, and its relationship to his 1967 series Artificiata in conversation with Laura Blereau, who has organized multiple exhibitions featuring Mohr’s early drawings crafted in the FORTRAN programming language.

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May 21, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Manfred Mohr

Born in Germany in 1938, Manfred Mohr is a pioneer of the digital art genre and programmed his first computer drawings in 1969. Known for his groundbreaking exhibitions and computational work of the early 1970s, he was an early member of the “Art et Informatique” seminar at University of Vincennes. Recently the subject of a retrospective at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Mohr’s work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at the ARC - Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; Art Basel, Switzerland; the Joseph Albers Museum, Bottrop; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen; Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt; Kunsthalle Bremen; Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg; and the Grazyna Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan. Mohr is the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship, the Camille Graesser-Preis, Zurich; the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art; the D.velop Digital Art Award, and a Golden Nica from Ars Electronica.

Laura Blereau

Laura Blereau is a curator and writer whose primary fields of interest include feminism, rule-based art, performance and regional narrative. A specialist in art and technology, she is a former Director of bitforms gallery nyc, a cutting edge space for contemporary art that specializes in new media and interdisciplinary practice. From 2005 to 2015 she organized hundreds of exhibitions with roster artists. Special projects included the group exhibitions Spazialismo, Touched, and World on a Wire at bitforms gallery, as well as the solo displays of Beryl Korot (2014) and Manfred Mohr (2013) at Art Basel in Switzerland. In 2016 Blereau joined the Hilliard University Art Museum, a state of the art 12,000 square foot exhibition space located on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As museum curator she has produced numerous exhibitions, events, and publications that feature a wide range of artists - such as Richard Sexton, Shawne Major, Pierre Bonnard, Kate Clark, Tina Freeman, Willie Birch, Yun-Fei Ji, Philip Gould, Sandra Eula Lee and Gina Phillips. Blereau’s forthcoming curated exhibitions in Lafayette include Lin Emery: A Movement, 1957-2017 and John F. Simon: Automatic Drawings. Blereau holds an MFA in conceptual art from Pratt Institute and a BFA in painting and journalism from Louisiana State University. In 2013 she independently organized two solo exhibitions featuring Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Portraiture: Style and Ornament at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge. In 2014 she presented “Takeover!!”, an exhibition in Brooklyn featuring fourteen artists from the New Orleans artist-run gallery Good Children. Her credits also include Associate Producer of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s 2010 documentary “!Women Art Revolution.”

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