Barbara Kruger to be Wiegand Artist in Residence at Scripps

CLAREMONT, Calif. (March 13, 2000) — Barbara Kruger, the highly acclaimed visual artist and media critic, will be the Wiegand Foundation Artist in Residence at Scripps College from March 29-April 1, 2000, and will give several presentations, free and open to the public.

Kruger will present a slide lecture of her work on Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m., in the Scripps Humanities Auditorium; a reception in her honor will follow in the Malott Commons.

As part of the Claremont Colleges E.L. Wiegand Foundation program of events related to the media and society, Kruger will be part of a public discussion on media-related issues, led by professor of political/media theory, John Seery, in Hahn 101, Pomona College, on Thursday, March 30. And on Saturday, April 1, from 12-3 p.m., Kruger will join a panel discussion at Pomona College’s Rose Hill Theater, moderated by Pomona College professor of media studies Kathleen Fitzpatrick.

For more than 20 years, Barbara Kruger has been one of the most respected and significant figures in contemporary art and visual/media studies. Her retrospective exhibition, “Barbara Kruger,” recently closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and will open in July at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been exhibited in more than 40 solo exhibitions and hundreds of major group exhibitions throughout the world.

Kruger uses a variety of art media, often including text, to address issues of power, identity and representation. According to Ann Goldstein, MOCA curator, “Barbara Kruger brings the world into her work and her work into her world. Kruger confronts stereotypes and clichés as manifestations of power while ruining these representations, shattering them with generous empathy, rigorous intelligence, a sharp wit and a big dollop of laughter.”

Kruger is a media critic and essayist as well as a visual artist. She is the author of Remote Control: Power, Culture and the World of Appearances, published by the MIT Press.

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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