Exhibition^3: Documenta 5; Harald Szeemann; the artists

Exhibition Dates
February 24 – March 20 2015
Exhibition Location
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Exhibition presented as part of the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar. Exhibition^3 is built around an exhibit on loan from Independent Curators International, New York, and curated by Professor Terry Smith, Ms. Isabelle Chartier, and the University of Pittsburgh Museum Studies Seminar students. Szeemann’s artistic direction of Documenta 5, held in 1972 in Kassel, Germany was explored through 40 items and associated documents that constitute Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5, curated by David Platzker. This exhibit was supplemented with two carefully curated rooms, one delving into the storied career of German curator Harald Szeemann, and the second exhibiting a collection of books, catalogs, and other documentary material, created at the time of Documenta 5, by or about many of the key artists involved in the original 1972 exhibition. Pittsburgh collectors generously loaned works by Jasper Johns, Alfred Jensen, Ed Kienholz, Paul Thek, Joseph Kosuth, Art & Language, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, and Hanne Darboven, among others.
Exhibition^3 immersed the visitor in the experience that was Documenta 5 in 1972; in the vivid curatorial imagination of Harald Szeemann as it developed during his career; and in the interrogations undertaken by the artists who transformed art during the 1960s and 1970s.