Explore the art of border crossing with Morgan Fisher: scholar, sculptor, filmmaker and conceptual artist

by March 24th, 2014

Morgan Fisher's New Alien Pendant Pair Paintings

Morgan Fisher’s New Alien Pendant Pair Paintings

Conceptual artist and filmmaker, Morgan Fisher, will discuss his vast and eclectic body of work at Art Center College of Design on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Times Media Center.

At first glance, it’s hard to connect the dots comprising the details of Morgan Fisher’s early biography. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1942. He studied the history of 19th and 20th century art at Harvard University. Then he studied film production in Los Angeles, first at USC and then at UCLA.

His creative path started to coalesce, however, once he landed in L.A. and committed himself to filmmaking. He began making independent films in 1968 while complementing his own avant-garde filmmaking, working as a teacher at Art Center and in various capacities on Hollywood productions, including as Roger Corman’s editor. Fisher’s films have been shown at festivals such as Pesaro, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Berlin, and New York; and at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou.

Morgan Fisher at work

Morgan Fisher at work

In the late ‘90s, Fisher returned to his initial passion for the visual arts. He expanded this interest to include painting installation, sculpture, architectural installation, and photography. Exhibitions at museums and similar institutions include Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2002); Portikus, Frankfurt (2009); Raven Row, London, and Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2011); Generali Foundation, Vienna, and Aspen Art Museum (2012). His work was included in the 1985, 2004 and 2014 Whitney Biennials. A book of his writings was published by Walther König Verlag in 2013.

An array of Fisher’s diverse works can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Generali Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He is represented by Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles; Bortolami, New York; and Maureen Paley, London. He now lives and works in Santa Monica, California.

The Graduate Art Seminar at Art Center College of Design is a forum for graduate students, all members of the Art Center community and the general public to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians. The Seminar—a core component of Art Center’s Graduate Art program—takes place Tuesday evenings throughout the Fall and Spring terms. Admission is free and open to the general public. No RSVP necessary.

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