Past Event

Voices: AA Bronson

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

Aa Bronson Primary

AA Bronson (born 1946) is an artist, publisher, and curator whose work emphasizes issues of collaboration, trauma, loss, death, and healing. He co-founded the group General Idea in 1969 with artists Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. General Idea’s work played with mass media and popular culture, and was produced in nearly every conceivable medium—sculpture, painting, installation, video and performance work, artist’s books, photography, multiples, prints, and public art projects. General Idea founded Art Metropole, a Toronto archive and store for multiples, artist books, and ephemera, in 1974. The group ceased in 1994 with the deaths of Zontal and Partz from AIDS. A General Idea retrospective opened in January 2010 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Working independently as an artist since 1994, Bronson served as president of Printed Matter—the world''s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists—from 2004 to 2010. He has had solo exhibitions worldwide and his work is included in the collections of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Bronson presented his recent collaborative project, Invocation of the Queer Spirits, in New Orleans, Winnipeg, and New York. Additionally, Bronson has edited many books and has written extensively. His memoir Negative Thoughts (2001) was published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Toronto; and Yale University. Bronson is currently the artistic director of the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.

Image: AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs, Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governors Island), 2009, remnants of séance.