Feb 11 2019


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Free and open to the public

Visiting Lecturer: David Platzker

SSA Exhibitions is excited to welcome David Platzker as part of the Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Program Lecture Series. On Monday, February 11 at 6:00 pm in the Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall, David Platzker, curator of “Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5”, will present his work in connection to the exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

David Platzker ran Specific Object, which he founded, from 2004–2013. Specific Object was a gallery, bookstore and think-tank dedicated to art post 1960s – specifically pop, Fluxus, minimal and conceptual – with an interest in the art that informed the 1960s and 1970s, as well artists whose works organically followed from the era. From 2013-2018, he was a Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Before founding Specific Object, Platzker was the executive director of Printed Matter from 1998 to 2004, the non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion of artists’ books and publications. He has also held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum. Platzker was also the host of‘s Recorded Matter online radio program.

His curatorial projects include exhibitions of the works of Art & Project, John Baldessari, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Oldenburg, Raymond Pettibon, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, and on Documenta 5 and Conceptual Art. At The Museum of Modern Art, he co-curated There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” in collaboration with Jon Hendricks; Sites of Reason (2014) with Erica Papernik; and in 2015 the exhibition Gilbert & George: The Early Years. Most recently, he co-organized with MoMA’s Christopher Cherix and Tessa Ferreyros and the Hammer Museum’s Connie Butler, the Adrian Piper retrospective, A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016.

HARALD SZEEMANN: DOCUMENTA 5 is an exhibition curated by David Platzker and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.

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