Grad Art


Talk, Dave McKenzie

Dave McKenzie is a visual artist who uses video, performance, and text to explore how and why subjects engage-with and become-with one another. Through simple gestures and an exploration of popular culture, language, and politics, McKenzie’s work reveals complex layers of meaning.

In 2004, while an artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, McKenzie engaged in a year-long project in which he periodically walked the streets of Harlem wearing a suit, a tie, and a William Jefferson Clinton mask. In 2007 he re-staged the performance, along with two other performances, under the title All Together Now for Performa 07, New York (2007).

McKenzie’s performances include Darker Than the Moon, Smaller Than the Sun, at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014) and All the King’s Horses…None of His Men, at Third Streaming, New York (2013). Exhibitions of his work include Pants Full of Hope, Pockets Full of Adventure, or…Don’t Call Me Cheesuz, Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany (2015); 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); The Ungovernables: New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York (2012); 30 Seconds Off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); On Premises, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles (2009); and Black is, Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago (2008).

Monday, APRIL 8TH, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


This lecture is presented by the Art Department and the Oakley Center for Humanities & Social Sciences.

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