ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman


15 February - 24 May 2014

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of works by Bruce Nauman, one of the most influential artists of our time.


The show includes his epic work, Changing Light Corridor with Rooms, last exhibited in the UK in 1989.

Representing the breadth of his practice from the 1970s to the 1990s, the exhibition features works that focus on body language, word play and repetitive gesture.

Young people have been involved in selecting the works and will create additional interpretation in the gallery.

ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman exhibition leafletBruce Nauman (b.1941, based in California, USA) is one of the most influential contemporary artists today. He works in a range of media including sculpture, installation, performance, video and neon. This exhibition features works produced between the 1970s and 1990s, that explore the body and our relationship to space, communication and miscommunication and lastly performance and its documentation.
Studying maths before changing to art, he rejected conventional art-making early in his career in favour of a more eclectic approach. He was interested in expanding the field of sculpture and started to use his own body as a material in the production of his work. He tested this idea further by exploring his relationship to the space around him and started to build a series of corridors and confined spaces for visitors to experience. Works such as Changing Light Corridor With Rooms relinquish the role of artist as performer to the visitor.
In much of his video work he documents himself in his studio performing specific tasks which provide a predetermined structure, and in doing so, developed the significant realization that, ‘if I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art.’ A central idea for so many artists today, to Nauman, art had become more of an activity and less of a product.

Talks Programme

Wed 12 Mar, 1pm
Exhibition Tour: Clarissa Corfe
Curator of the exhibition, Clarissa Corfe, will give a tour of the ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman exhibition and an introduction to his wider practice. This tour will be interpreted in British Sign Language and Lip Speaking.
Cost: Free
Booking: Just drop in
Thurs 8 May, 1pm
Exhibition Tour: Clarissa Corfe
Curator of the exhibition, Clarissa Corfe, will give a tour of the ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman exhibition and an introduction to his wider practice. This tour will be Audio Described.
Cost: Free
Booking: Just drop in
Tues 20 May, 5.30pm, 6pm prompt start
Talk: Anthony D’Offay
This is a unique opportunity to hear Anthony d’Offay, the founder of ARTIST ROOMS and the most influential London gallerist of the 1980s and 1990s in conversation with Clarissa Corfe. He will talk about his experiences within the art world and how his generous gift to the nation – in the form of ARTIST ROOMS - came about. He has represented some of the most significant artists of our time including Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys as well as Bruce Nauman, whose work is currently exhibited at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.
Cost: Free
Booking: Places are limited - book your place now on 01772 905414 or on Eventbrite through the Harris website
Thurs 22 May, 5.30-7pm
Talk: Lisa Le Feuvre on Nauman & Failure
Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds will consider Bruce Nauman’s work through the idea of failure, thinking through how his productive use of repetition and error test the boundaries of sculpture. Using frustrated communication, slips in language and processes of labour, Nauman consistently unpacks assumptions we use to find our place in the world. Taking the exhibition as a starting point, this talk proposes failure as a means to understand perception.
Cost: Free
Booking: Places are limited - book your place now on 01772 905414 or on Eventbrite through the Harris website
The exhibition is presented as part of ARTIST ROOMS on tour.
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

Image: Bruce Nauman, VIOLINS, VIOLENCE, SILENCE, 1981-2.
Copyright 2013 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony D'Offay 2010.


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