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Ericka Beckman in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog)

Ericka Beckman in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog)

18 October 2016

Interview with Victoria Sung Game On: Ericka Beckman's You The Better in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog).

Since the mid-1970s, Ericka Beckman has experimented with film as a medium for expanding the possibilities of performance, often creating set pieces and rule-based actions specifically for the camera. Presenting the original film in conjunction with animated props, the installation You The Better (1983/2015) implicates the viewer as an active participant in the game. You The Better is on view through December 31 in the Walker group exhibition Less Than One. Here, we talk about the spirit of easy collaboration in New York of the 1970s and ’80s, how the original film resonates with today’s plugged-in audiences, and the analogy between games of chance and life...

Ericka Beckman in the Los Angeles Times

Ericka Beckman in the Los Angeles Times

29 July 2016

Article in the Los Angeles Times online by Deborah Vankin, The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists.

Eli Broad has been a busy man this year overseeing his Broad museum, which is approaching its one-year-anniversary in September — but not too busy to buy new art.

The Broad has added 29 new works to its permanent collection, it announced on Friday, all acquired since the museum’s opening. A third of the new works come from local artists, further deepening the museum’s connection to Los Angeles...

Ericka Beckman in Artforum

Ericka Beckman in Artforum

May 2016

Review by Catherine Taft of Cinderella at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, California, in Artforum.

Ericka Beckman’s Cinderella, 1986, a 16-mm rendering of the fairy tale, is an Atari-like musical in which the title character staggers through various levels of narrative as if in a video game. As the centerpiece of a spellbinding exhibition, this rarely screened film demonstrated the staying power of Beckman’s work thirty years on...

Ericka Beckman at the Walker Art Center

Ericka Beckman at the Walker Art Center

7 April to 31 December 2016

Included in group exhibition Less Than One at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Less Than One is an international, multigenerational group show offering in-depth presentations of work from the 1960s to the present by 16 artists central to the Walker’s collection. Included alongside such signature artworks as Sigmar Polke’s Mrs. Autumn and Her Two Daughters (1991) are major acquisitions on view here for the first time, including Ericka Beckman’s You The Better, Film Installation (1983/2015), Adrian Piper’s The Mythic Being: Sol’s Drawing #1–5 (1974), and Renée Green’s Bequest (1991), among other featured pieces...

Ericka Beckman at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Ericka Beckman at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...