Doug Ashford: Reading Through the Non Human
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Ashford will deliver his lecture Reading Through the Non Human as a part of the opening of MOCA's fall exhibition, A Poethical Wager.
Doug Ashford is an artist, teacher and writer based in New York. He is Associate Professor at The Cooper Union where he has taught sculpture, design, and interdisciplinary studies since 1989. Ashford’s principle work from 1982 to 1996 was the multi-form practice of Group Material, recently compiled in the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material (Four Corners Books, 2010). Since 1996 he has continued to produce paintings, essays and collaborative projects that engage the relationship between visual form and social history. His most recent public effort ended in the project Who Cares (Creative Time, 2006), a book built from a series of conversations between Ashford and many other cultural practitioners on public expression, ethics, and beauty. Recent exhibitions of his paintings include “Abstract Possible”, Tensta Konsthall, Museo Tamayo and other locations (2010-13), dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012), and the11th Gwangju Biennial (2016). A collection of essays, Doug Ashford: Writings and Conversation, (Mousse Publishing, 2013), was published on the occasion of his retrospective exhibition at the Grazer Kunstverein that year. He is represented by Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.