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Thomas Hirschhorn, Fifty-Fifty à Belleville, 1992 (11 min. with sound). Still from video. Courtesy of the artist. 


Thomas Hirschhorn: Communication, Circulation, and the City

Lisa Lee (Emory University), Clark Fellow

In the early 1990s, contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn contrived unorthodox modes of circulation—gifting, pamphleting, hawking, abandoning—in pursuit of a nonexclusive audience for his work. Initially inseparable from the public orientation and distribution of print media, the possibility of meaningful communication was increasingly tested through experimental incursions into public space. This lecture will consider Hirschhorn’s strategies and motivations for setting his work in movement across Paris.

The lecture video will remain available until June 15, 2022.

Lisa Lee is a member of the faculty of Emory University, Department of Art History. Her monograph, Isa Genzken: Sculpture as World Receiver, appeared in 2017 from the University of Chicago Press. She is editor of Isa Genzken (October Files) and co-editor, with Hal Foster, of Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn (MIT Press). At the Clark, she will be working on a monograph analyzing the first decade of Thomas Hirschhorn’s artistic career, focusing on his solutions to form, display, and distribution.