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Presentation: Chip Lord and the Long Goodbye to the Automobile

Wednesday, 2/22/2023
12:00 - 1:30

Artist Chip Lord chronicles his life-long involvement with the automobile from childhood fascination to the central material of art making with the group Ant Farm and beyond. Ant Farm (1968 – 1978) made Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas, 1974) and Media Burn (San Francisco, 1975) during the first decade of video and conceptual art and Lord’s critical art practice continued while he was a Professor at U.C. Santa Cruz (1988- 2010). This visual lecture was first given in the Graduate Lecture series at the S.F. Art Institute and then at the Toledo Art Museum during the exhibition, “Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture”, 2019.

Video art works by Lord are in the collections of MOMA, New York; The Tate Modern, London; SFMOMA; BAM/PFA and other museums. He is Professor Emeritus in Film & Digital Media at U.C. Santa Cruz and has also taught at CCA Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.


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Presented by the Art, Music & Recreation Center of SFPL. This program will be recorded.

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This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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