Rosalind Krauss (intro Dawn Ades); AA (Architechtural Association); 29/9/86

Introduced by Dawn Ades, an eminent art historian and founding editor of October magazine, here Rosalind Krauss presents a view on the post-modern, through a number of projects she had recently completed.

Krauss had recently curated 'L'Amour fou: Photography and Surrealism' at the Hayward Gallery that year, and published an accompanying catalogue which she authored alongside Jane Livingston and Dawn Ades.

The previous year Krauss had published a series of essays in October entitled 'On the Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths'. The tools of semiology, structuralism and post-structuralism were put to work in this volume in order to critique established modes of art historical and literary criticism.

'Primitivism and 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern' was the first exhibition to showcase tribal and modern objects side by side as well as contemporary western artists working in the mediums of film and performance. The show previewed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1984 and toured the following year to Detroit Institute of Arts and Dallas Museum of Art.

In this talk she links the politics of looking in primitivism to the post-modern subject of her Hayward photography show.

Primitivism as "theoretical object" forms the pivot for her argument around the Modernist gaze. The primacy of looking produces power through mastery and apparent purity. Lacan's theories are essential for Krauss' analysis of dynamics of looking in which subject is dispossessed.

Contemporary artists including Hans Haacke and David Sally bring Krauss' arguments into the present moment.


Accession No. WAA.056
Artist: Rosalind Krauss (intro Dawn Ades)
Container annotation: Post modernism and Archaeology
Place/Year: AA (Architechtural Association) 29/9/86
Type: Lecture
Technical aspects:
Duration: 49:30:00
Tape capacity: 90'
Tape brand: TDK