BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department faculty member Liz Magic Laser has been named the 2013 Artist Commission for the 100th anniversary of the world-renowned Armory Show, taking place March 7-10 at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. Known for crossing performance, theater and installation, Laser will use interactive market research strategies to determine the nature of the art objects and paraphernalia that will create the visual identity of the 2013 fair. She will also produce two limited-edition artworks to benefit MoMA and the Pat Hearn & Colin de Land Cancer Foundation.
“In commemoration of the watershed exhibition of 1913 we are thrilled to work with Liz Magic Laser, whose ambitious oeuvre raises prescient questions of the artists’ voice in the collaborative process and public life,” said Armory Show executive director Noah Horowitz. “With gestures veering from comedic to politically provocative, she will activate the fair’s heritage as a site of innovation and discovery.”
Laser has achieved international acclaim through recent exhibitions at venues such as the Mälmo Konsthall, the Performa 11 Biennial, The Kitchen and MoMA PS1. She is the recipient of awards and grants from organizations including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Armory Show is a leading international contemporary and modern art fair, which brought the first seeds of the European avant-garde to U.S. and presented groundbreaking works by such artists as Duchamp, Kandinsky, Picasso and Brancusi. For more information, visit thearmoryshow.com.
Image: I Feel Your Pain, Liz Magic Laser, 2011. A Performa Commission. Video Still.