November 20, 2015

Publication:Sarah Oppenheimer

Mills College Art Museum
Left: Sarah Oppenheimer cover image. Right: Sarah Oppenheimer, A/B/C/D/E/F condition: orientation diagram, 2012. Ink on paper.

Essays by Julian Rose and Stephanie Weber
Design by John Borruso
2015, Mills College Art Museum
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Sarah Oppenheimer presents a unique examination of the artist’s process and current research through previously unseen archival materials. Based in New York, Oppenheimer’s practice spans the disciplinary boundaries between sculpture and architecture. She is internationally recognized for work that explores the material and symbolic conventions that animate the built environment. Her interventions provide a deeper understanding of architecture as a constructed, yet fluid, social space. For every spatial intervention that the artist has made, an extensive archive of material is created that has never been exhibited. This includes both manual and digital drawings; aluminum, glass, and wood prototypes; three-dimensional models; light studies; and customized computer code. This publication focuses on this extensive body of unseen work, highlighting a set of key projects that demonstrate the physical and conceptual specificity of Oppenheimer’s practice, particularly as it effects her current methods and ideas regarding materiality, light, perception, and spatial engagement.

Softcover: 182 pages, illustrated throughout
6.5 x 9.25 inches

Sarah Oppenheimer’s first solo exhibition was held in 2002 at the Drawing Center, New York. Since that time, her work has been exhibited internationally. Her projects include W-12302, an architecturally embedded permanent commission at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2012) and 33-D, a double threshold at Kunsthaus Baselland (2014). Her work has also been shown at The Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Saint Louis Art Museum; and the Sculpture Center, Long Island City. Upcoming solo exhibitions include projects at MUDAM, Luxembourg; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio.

Julian Rose is a senior editor at Artforum and a founding principal of the design studio Formlessfinder. His design work has been exhibited at such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and The MAXXI in Rome. His writing on both art and architecture has been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, Log, and October.

Stephanie Weber is an art historian and curator of contemporary art at Lenbachhaus in Munich. In her previous role as assistant curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, she coordinated Isa Genzken: Retrospective and Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception, and co-curated Projects 97: Mark Boulos. Her recent projects at MoMA included a film program dedicated to Christoph Schlingensief, as well as performances and film screenings with Charles Simonds, Tom Thayer, and C. Spencer Yeh.

Upcoming book event
Definition Series w/ Sarah Oppenheimer: “Holes (Blind Spots and Other Anomalies)”
December 8, 7pm
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, New York

With Sarah Oppenheimer, Julian Rose, and Ines Goldbach.

Sarah Oppenheimer, a new publication by Mills College Art Museum, explores the potential of the distortion of the visual and social fields through an examination of two recent projects by artist Sarah Oppenheimer. Books will be available for purchase.

About the Mills College Art Museum (MCAM)
Founded in 1925, The Mills College Art Museum is a forum for exploring art and ideas and a laboratory for contemporary art practices. Through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections, the museum engages and inspires the intellectual and creative life of the Mills community, as well as the diverse audiences of the Bay Area and beyond.

Media contact
Maysoun Wazwaz, T +510 430 3340, [email protected]



Mills College Art Museum presents new Sarah Oppenheimer publication

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