Art Revisited: A Conversation with Christian Marclay

Artist Christian Marclay uses the world of performance art to make bold statements. Although Marclay has been recognized for his creative innovation since the ’70s, he is often remembered for his video piece “Guitar Drag,” which he created during his 1999 residency at Artpace.

Guitar Drag, still by MOMA. Originally commissioned by Artpace, San Antonio.
Guitar Drag, still by MOMA. Originally commissioned by Artpace, San Antonio.

The video shows a pickup truck dragging an electric guitar along a Texas road in a violent manner, drawing parallels to the 1998 case of James Byrd Jr. , a Texas man who was brutally murdered by three white supremacists.

Sixteen years after its original debut, “Guitar Drag” remains a relevant moment and symbol in America’s social and political history.

Artpace invites the community to attend “A Conversation With Christian Marclay” at Trinity University on Wednesday, May 27, where the artist will give a rare lecture on the process and meaning behind his work. Artpace will also present the completed video at the Artpace studio on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Christian Marclay, Photo by Getty Images.
Christian Marclay, Photo by Getty Images.

“A Conversation With Christian Marclay”  is free and open to the public

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:30pm

Where: Trinity University, Stieren Theatre (Free parking at Alamo Stadium)

Culture Spoon

Freelance Writer and Photographer based in San Antonio, Texas

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