September 10, 2015 –
June 25, 2016
Andrea Fraser is on our mind.
A year-long series of public events, commissioned essays, and reading group meetings.

Andrea Fraser,
Andrea Fraser, 'Soldadera (Scenes from Un banquete en Tetlapayac, a film by Olivier Debroise)', 1998/2001. Courtesy: Andrea Fraser and Galerie Nagel Draxler

Introduction by Jamie Stevens

“What do I, as an artist, provide? What do I satisfy?”
(Official Welcome, 2001)

So asks Andrea Fraser, in character as Andrea Fraser (before speaking as various other artists, patrons, and administrators, and amalgamations of them), in her 2001 performance Official Welcome. Fraser’s 30-year body of work can, without exception, be located back into the reframing and close examination of these two questions.

Fraser’s artistic practice takes the form of performances, videos, installations, workshops, texts, activism, and teaching—connected by a commitment to institutional critique that originated in the art realm and has recently grown to include entrenched social structures.

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From September 2015 to June 2016:

We exhibited an artwork by Cameron Rowland. Ross Sappenfield wrote about Official Welcome. We presented a lecture by Shannon Jackson on Andrea Fraser. Lawrence Rinder introduced a screening of Olympia by the V-Girls. Andrea Fraser performed Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972. Jacqueline Francis wrote about Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972. Andrea Fraser hosted a group relations workshop led by Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Susan Mogul discussed stand-up comedy and cabaret. Rob Reich delivered a talk on gift-giving in the non-profit sector. Jeanne Gerrity wrote about Not just a few of us. Chelsea Knight performed a lecture in the form of an artist talk. Rhea Anastas and Robert Snowden had a conversation about Orchard. Karen Fiss wrote about Projection. John Russell gave a lecture. Divya Victor and Maged Zaher read poems. Bean Gilsdorf wrote about Official Welcome. Eric Golo Stone and Cameron Rowland hosted a six-hour screening and discussion on Services.

We read and consulted a wide range of references including: “L’1%, C’est Moi” by Andrea Fraser, "Distinction" by Pierre Bourdieu, "What do I, as an artist, provide?" by Andrea Fraser, a video-taped conversation between Chris Dercon and Andrea Fraser, “How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction” by Andrea Fraser, "MATRIX/Berkeley 123: The V-Girls" by Larry Rinder, “Inaugural Speech” by Andrea Fraser, “The Origins of Transference” by Melanie Klein, “What do we want from art, anyway? A conversation” by Gregg Bordowitz and Andrea Fraser, and “On Bullshit” by Harry Frankfurt.

The reading group included Patricia L Boyd, Elisa Durrette, Marcella Faustini, Karen Fiss, Jacqueline Francis, Ben Furstenberg, Jeanne Gerrity, Bean Gilsdorf, Patricia Maloney, Heidi Rabben, Ross Sappenfield, Jamie Stevens, Liz Thomas, and Tanya Zimbardo, with research assistance provided by Lisa Heinis and Leila Grothe.

A publication is available here.