Franz Erhard Walther
Born in 1939 in Fulda, Germany Lives and works in Germany.
Chief Curator: Luis Pérez-Oramas
Associate curators: André Severo and Tobi Maier
Assistant curator: Isabela Villanueva
Organized by Christian Rattemeyer : Over the second half of the 1960s, drawing was taken apart as a discipline and put to multiple uses. Highlighting concepts of process, participation, and protest, the three series of work presented in this exhibition—all recent MoMA acquisitions—were produced at the climax of a decade that witnessed radical upheavals across social, political, and cultural borders. This simple chronological coincidence connects them in one aspect, yet in purpose, aesthetics, and address, the three artists have taken vastly divergent approaches. Whether turned inward, outward, or sideways, the visual experiences these works engender speak to the varied ways we choose to be present in the world.
Franz Erhard Walther emphasized the relationship between the art object and the body in space with his First Work Set (1963–69), a group of 58 fabric elements that can only be fully activated through human participation. Accompanying them is a suite ofWork Drawings that Walther likened to musical scores, and that illustrate each object on both a functional and a conceptual level. The 24 Untitled drawings that Willem de Kooning sketched with his eyes closed in 1966 offer a counterpoint to Walther’s project in their focus on the artist’s internal vision and personal action. Finally, Martha Rosler’s two House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home series (1967–72) turn a critical eye on the era’s sociopolitical context and expanding media sphere, especially as they played out in the bodies of women and victims of military violence.
Facilitators will be present in the galleries during designated hours to assist visitors in performing a selection of Walther's First Work Set.
Franz Erhard Walther First Work Set Facilitator Hours
Trained facilitators will be stationed in the Drawings Galleries to assist visitors in using the interactive components of Franz Erhard Walther's First Work Set, currently on display. Visitors will be able to use 10 exhibition copies made for this purpose, during facilitator hours only.
group show with Tom Burr, David lamelas, Franz Erhard Walther, Elmgreen&Dragset, Urs Fischer, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Rachel Harrison, Cady Noland, Tatiana Trouvé, Cathy Wilkes.
The first installment of the exhibition features work by Francis alÿs, John Baldessari, Mike Bidlo, pierre Bismuth, Karl Blossfeldt, Marcel Broodthaers, Stefan Brüggemann, Luis Camnitzer, Frank Capra, John Divola, paul elliman, Hans-peter Feldmann, Tom Friedman, Felix gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Harrison, paul Ramirez Jonas, Kimsooja, Jiří Kovanda, Louise Lawler, Mark Lombardi, Jill Magid, Ján Mančuška, Christian Marclay, Robert Motherwell, Roman Ondák, Max Ophüls, Yvonne Rainer, Ranjani Shettar, Santiago Sierra, Sue Tompkins, Franz erhard Walther, and Francesca Woodman.
Now Here is also Nowhere is curated by Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of art and education with assistance from Merith Bennett, Senior Curatorial associate.