Lecture by Peter Fischli

Graduate Studies Lecture Series
January 21, 2014 7:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public

As a point of departure, the Swiss artist Peter Fischli will use the year 1952, the year of his birth, to reflect on his artistic oeuvre and his role as part of the collaborative duo Fischli/Weiss, which is known for its often-humorous and rigorously conceptual work. Fischli/Weiss’s most beloved work, the film The Way Things Go (1985), presents a sequence of chain reactions involving ordinary objects such as ladders, brooms, and other household items bumping, sliding, and crashing into one another in a manner at once comical and sobering. 

Peter Fischli and David Weiss maintained a collaborative conceptual art practice from 1979 until Weiss’s untimely death in 2012. Their investigations enumerate, celebrate, and gently satirize the banalities of everyday life using a wide range of media. Their work has been exhibited widely and is in numerous museum collections, including the Tate, London; the Guggenheim, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Kunsthaus Zurich.

Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.

Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.