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In addition to the regular faculty, many visiting artists and scholars participate in the programs of the various departments offering individual critiques, workshop seminars, and formal lectures.

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Allan McCollum, Artist
Senior Critic in Sculpture

Mr. McCollum was born in Los Angeles and has lived and worked in New York since 1975. He has spent over thirty years exploring how objects achieve public and personal meaning in a world constituted in mass production, focusing most recently on collaborations with small community historical society museums in different parts of the world. His first solo exhibition was in 1971, and his first New York showing was in an exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1972. He was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1975, and in the late seventies he became especially well known for his series Surrogate Paintings. Mr. McCollum has had over one hundred solo exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille, France (1998); the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (1995–96); the Serpentine Gallery, London (1990); the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden (1990); IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain (1990); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1989); and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (1988). He has produced public art projects in the United States and Europe, and his works are held in over seventy major art museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. A number of writers have published texts on Mr. McCollum’s work, including Rosalind Krauss, Craig Owens, Hal Foster, Andrea Fraser, Anne Rorimer, Lynne Cooke, Lars Nittve, Thomas Lawson, John Miller, Catherine Quéloz, Helen Molesworth, Johannes Meinhardt, Claude Gintz, Suzi Gablik, Nicolas Bourriaud, and Rhea Anastas. McCollum has occasionally interviewed and written essays on fellow artists for books and catalogs, including Matt Mullican, Allen Ruppersberg, Andrea Zittel, and Harrell Fletcher. He has been a recipient of an NEA Special Project Grant and an Individual Support Grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Mr. McCollum was a visiting associate professor at MIT in 2004–2005 and is a regular visiting critic at Columbia University’s Visual Arts Department in New York. He was appointed senior critic in sculpture at Yale in 2007.


Website with information on Allan McCollum
Selected texts
Dowloadable texts in PDF format
Album of images
Recent projects
Descriptions of different series, 1969-2004

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