Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook Launch & Book Signing

Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook Launch
Discussion & Book Signing

Saturday, May 31, 2014
192 Tenth Avenue (at 21st Street)
New York, NY

Allen Ruppersberg & Constance M. Lewallen in conversation
Moderated by Jay Sanders

Edited by the artist himself, the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th Century is the first publication to look at the complete range of 
Ruppersberg’s diverse practice from 1978 to 2012. It focuses on nine 
important projects from that period, and delves into the texts, images, films, records and historical moments that were particularly influential to the artist. Drawing from the ephemera and pre-digital materials that sparked Ruppersberg’s thinking behind each work, the Sourcebook offers an insight into the artist’s interest in 20th century popular culture.

The introduction to the Sourcebook was written by Constance M. Lewallen, a curator and long-time colleague of the artist. This event brings the two together to discuss Ruppersberg’s use of popular culture as source material, as well as the process of collaboration behind this publication. It is moderated by Jay Sanders, Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century
Edited by Allen Ruppersberg
Foreword by Kate Fowle, introduction by Constance M. Lewallen.
Softcover, with French-fold jacket, 284 pages.
Full Color. 8.5 x 11 inches. 2014.
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI) and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) and Walther König Books.
ISBN: 9780916365844
$ 39.95 + shipping

Click here to order, or to learn more about the publication.

May 31, 2014

192 Tenth Avenue (at 21st Street)
New York, NY


Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is one of the first generation of American conceptual artists with an oeuvre that includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, installations and literature. While his career began in painting, Ruppersberg soon shifted his focus to the study of languages, pictures, books, and ideas and began extensively collecting texts of American popular culture and educational films from 1931-1967. With an interest in cultural mythologies, narratives and everyday life, these materials served as a vital source in his practice. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows, and can be found in museum permanent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Career highlights include participation in the Whitney Biennials (1970, 1975, 1991), and Documenta V (1972). In 1985 the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles organized a major survey of Ruppersberg’s work, which subsequently traveled to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Most recently, he participated in the ICI tour of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss; Al’s Grand Hotel (1971/2014) for Frieze Projects, New York; and No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R at Wiels, Brussels.

Constance M Lewallen

Constance M. Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where she has curated many major exhibitions, including The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm, 1968-1978 (2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007), all of which toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. In 2009 she curated Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Jay Sanders

Jay Sanders is Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recent exhibitions include Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama – Manhattan, 1970-1980 and Sarah Michelson: 4. With Elisabeth Sussman, he co-organized the Whitney Biennial 2012.

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Highlights from the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook Launch at 192 Books

Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook Launch, Discussion & Book Signing took place at 192 Books, NYC on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The artist Allen Ruppersberg was joined by Constance M. Lewallen and Jay Sanders.

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