Dawn Kasper - On Desire or THE METHOD

As part of the ongoing exhibition Studio Systems, artist Dawn Kasper performs a new, site-specific sound composition and sculptural environment exploring historical references to the philosophy of desire. Using a process-based and itinerant approach (she has worked outside a permanent studio since 2008), Kasper creates a kind of living sculpture she calls the Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment. In 2012 she moved herself and the entire contents of her apartment-slash-studio to the third-floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the duration of the Whitney Biennial; she spent the three-month period conducting research, holding studio visits and playing music while the museum was open to the public.

In creating transparent and improvisational works, Kasper discloses the intricacies of her process in front of an audience, conflating the distinction between private and public, preparation and final performance. Conceived expressly for the American Academy in Rome, Kasper’s On Desire or THE METHOD combines sound, improvised movement and a constantly evolving installation made up of props, including musical instruments and recording devices, as well as the data she accumulates during the course of the performance.

Dawn Kasper is an interdisciplinary artist and her work emerges out of a fascination with existentialism, vulnerability, desire and the construction of meaning. She has been featured in exhibitions at The Migros Museum, Zurich (2005); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2011); Tramway, Glasgow (2012); 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2102); AND Collection, Bolzano (2014); Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY ((2015); and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2015).

The exhibition Studio Systems will be open from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.


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12 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
19 May 2016
6pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Inaugural Lecture
Theaster Gates - The Sermon on the Buildings
19 May 2016
6pm, AAR Lecture Room

Bryony Roberts - Corpo Estraneo
16 June 2016
​6-8pm, Piazza del Campidoglio


Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4pm-7pm
until 3 July 2016

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 18:30
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