JOSEPH BEUYS UNTITLED (SUN STATE), 1974
An advocate for the transformative potential of art through what he termed “social sculpture,” Joseph Beuys made his first trip to the United States in 1974, with the purpose of promoting his Free International University.
He spoke at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during his American tour, where he was met with an enthusiastic reception and a lively exchange. This chalkboard, created during that lecture-performance, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds. This work returns to Chicago on the 40th anniversary of the artist’s historic trip, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The chalkboard will be on display through February 6, 2015 at The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, Gallery 294, 159 E. Monroe St.
On Monday, November 11, at 6pm, German curator and author Leonhard Emmerling will speak about Beuys’ Free International University at the Goethe-Institut located at 150 N. Michigan Ave., suite 200.