Talk: McDermott & McGough, Alison Gingeras - Studio Voltaire

5 October 2018

Curator Alison Gingeras in conversation with artists David McDermott and Peter McGough, exploring their exhibition The Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire in the context of their 30–year practice, which has engaged with issues surrounding queer identity since the early 1980s.

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  1. David McDermott (born 1952, lives and works in Dublin) and Peter McGough (born 1958, lives and works in New York) have collaborated since 1980. Major solo exhibitions have been held at Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Provincial Museum of Modern Art, Ostende, Belgium. McDermott & McGough’s works have additionally been exhibited at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Their work is held in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

  2. Alison M. Gingeras is a curator and writer based in New York and Warsaw.
    Gingeras has served as curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou Paris, and Palazzo Grassi, Venice. Currently she serves as an adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary and a guest curator at Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami in addition to working independently.

    Known for her scholarly yet anarchic approach to art history, Gingeras organized several groundbreaking exhibitions, such as “Dear Painter, Paint Me: Painting the Figure Since Late Picabia” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002) and co-curated “Pop Life” at the Tate Modern (2009). Most recently, she curated “My Life as a Man: John Currin” at Dallas Contemporary and “New Images of Man” at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles (Feb-March 2020).

    Her writing regularly appears in such periodicals as Artforum, Playboy, Tate Etc., Spike, as well as in scores of books and exhibition catalogues. The cult imprint Heinzfeller Nileisist recently published Totally My Ass and Other Essays—an anthology of Gingeras’ writing.

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