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Seminar Series: Liz Kotz
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Liz Kotz teaches modern and contemporary art history at UC Riverside. She is the author of Words to Be Looked At: Language in 1960s Art (MIT Press, 2007), and co-editor, with Eileen Myles, of The New Fuck You (Semiotexte, 1995). Drawing on two decades research on 1960s’ avant-gardes, Kotz is completing a book on An Anthology of Chance Operations, the influential collection of scores, poems, drawings and other texts assembled by the composer La Monte Young in 1961 (and published in 1963) that played a crucial role in the emergence of interdisciplinary art practices. Her first essay from this project, “Poetry Machines” (on work by George Maciunas and Dieter Roth) just appeared was in the catalogue +/-1961 Founding the Expanded Arts, from the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid; she has given related talks on works by Simone Forti, Richard Maxfield, and La Monte Young, among others. Other recent essays discuss the 1972 gallery exhibition Memory by the poet Bernadette Mayer, the work of influential dealer and curator Seth Siegelaub, the poetry of the sculptor Carl Andre, and the Minimalist multiple. She was a faculty fellow at UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society in 2012, and with Charles Curtis (UCSD), she co-organized a UC Humanities Research Institute working group on “Experimental Interdisciplinary Practices.”
The Seminar Series is programmed by the Contemporary Working Group, a newly inaugurated interdisciplinary research group, generously funded by a USC Research Collaboration Fund, for practitioners across the humanities and fine arts who are working on contemporary research topics or making creative work in relation to the contemporary field. For more information about The CWG, read more here.
Image: Dieter Roth, Page with Holes (1961/1963)