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Allan Wexler, "Absurd Thinking, Between Art and Design"

17 October 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Organized by: SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism
Venue: SVA MA Design Research
136 W 21st St
2nd Floor
New York

Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design, and fine art for 45 years. He is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and has exhibited, taught, and lectured internationally. Wexler’s career resists easy classification. In the late 1960s he was an early member of a group of architects and artists who questioned the perceived divide between art and the design disciplines. They called themselves non-architects or paper architects. The subject of Wexler’s work is the built environment, and he creates drawings, multimedia objects, images, and installations that alter perceptions of domestic activities. He investigates eating, bathing, sitting, and socializing, and turns these everyday activities into ritual and theater. Wexler is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a winner of both a Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the Henry J. Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum. He has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, has lectured on his work internationally, and has been reviewed by major art and architecture publications. Wexler currently teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City.


This lecture coincides with the publication of Wexler’s Absurd Thinking, Between Art and Design, a new monograph edited by Ashley Simone and published by Lars Müller. Books will be available for signing.