NARRATOR: Hello, and Welcome to Paul Thek: Diver.
In his life and art, Paul Thek defied categories. He began his career crafting realistic sculptures of raw meat and ended it painting lyrical images of dust particles. He was a spiritual person, and his childhood experience of Catholicism permeated his work. But he also embraced the counter-culture of the 1960s. Thek constructed his most ambitious works—a series of large-scale installations—from ephemeral materials. Today they exist only in fragments, or as recorded in photographs and film.
Thek was a complicated person—brilliant and funny but also difficult. By the time he died of complications from AIDS in 1988, the art world had all but forgotten him. In the next decade, a new generation rediscovered his idiosyncratic, provocative work. They especially admired the way Thek infused his art with meaning—social, political, and spiritual—at a time when many of his contemporaries focused exclusively on form.
This exhibition seeks to introduce Thek to the American public and to re-establish his place in the history of American art. Throughout the tour, you will hear excerpts from interviews with exhibition curators, Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky, and Thek’s friends, artist Neil Jenney and literary scholar Ed Burns. Burns will also read quotes from the artist’s extensive writings.
Exhibition co-curators Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky discuss a selection of works by the legendary American artist, Paul Thek. The audio guide includes commentary by artist Neil Jenney and literary scholar Ed Burns, who also reads excerpts from the artist’s extensive writings.
To use the audio guide at the Museum:
|1.||Audio guide stop for introduction to Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective||COLLECT|
|2.||Audio guide stop for Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Paul Thek, 1964||COLLECT|
|3.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Paul Thek’s Meat Pieces||COLLECT|
|4.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Meat Piece with Warhol Brillo Box, 1965||COLLECT|
|5.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Untitled, 1965||COLLECT|
|6.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Untitled (Meat Piece with Flies), 1965||COLLECT|
|7.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Warrior’s Arm, 1967, and other cast body parts||COLLECT|
|8.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, The Tomb, 1967||COLLECT|
|9.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Installations||COLLECT|
|10.||Audio guide stop for a document made by Paul Thek and Edwin Klein (3 volumes), c. 1971||COLLECT|
|11.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Fishman in Excelsis Table, 1970–71||COLLECT|
|12.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Dwarf Parade Table, 1969||COLLECT|
|13.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, A Procession in Honor of Aesthetic Progress: Objects to Theoretically Wear, Carry, Pull, or Wave, 1968||COLLECT|
|14.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek in Ponza||COLLECT|
|15.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Untitled (Diver), 1969||COLLECT|
|16.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Triptych, 1969||COLLECT|
|17.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Untitled (Dinosaurus), 1971||COLLECT|
|18.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Bojangles||COLLECT|
|19.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, The Personal Effects of the Pied Piper, 1975-76||COLLECT|
|20.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Uncle Tom’s Cabin,1975, and The Tower of Babel,1976||COLLECT|
|21.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Notebooks, 1972–87||COLLECT|
|22.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Journals Post 1975, Paintings||COLLECT|
|23.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek’s Paintings||COLLECT|
|24.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Hurrah Vacuii!!, c. 1988||COLLECT|
|25.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Susan Lecturing on Neitzsche, 1987||COLLECT|
|26.||Audio guide stop for Introduction to Last Show||COLLECT|
|27.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Tilted Ark II, 1985||COLLECT|
|28.||Audio guide stop for Paul Thek, Untitled (Butterflies), 1988||COLLECT|
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