Peck School of the Arts

Minimalism & Its Legacy

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Paper Thin Maximinimalist Minimalism & It's Legacy


Paper Thin
March 30-May 13, 2007

March 30-April 29, 2007


Minimalism & Its Legacy
April 14, 2007, 11 am - 5 pm

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The Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) launches an interdisciplinary investigation of Minimalism and its legacy with two exhibitions, Paper Thin and Maximinimalist, and a day-long cross-disciplinary event, Minimalism & Its Legacy, that will explore minimalism and its legacy through performances, installations, screenings and a symposium.

Barbara Rose, writing in Art in America in 1965, described Minimalism as an "antidote" to the ever-busier environment of proliferating images and information of the late 1950s and early '60s. In their time, the clean lines, solid forms and simple colors of Minimalist art gave sharp focus to a new set of ideas, at once threateningly experimental and resolutely formal. Aesthetics turned inward, toward conceptions of mind and away from the wild, unpredictable gestures of the hand.

Inevitably, Minimalism gave way to Pop Art's far messier reflections and depictions of the proliferative culture. Still, the reductive tenets of Minimalism have held fast through succeeding generations. Though conscripted into advertising and pop culture-where a few seconds of silence or a blank page in a magazine will surely grab attention-the minimalist aesthetic can still arrest an ever more profligate flow of images, ideas and content across the spectrum of meaning.

Curator's Essay PDF by Nicholas Frank