Artist's Talk: Erica Baum

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6 p.m.
, Dryden Theatre
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    Erica Baum (American, b. 1961). Pamela, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. © Erica Baum

New York–based contemporary artist Erica Baum creates “subliminal narratives” using found words and images from paperback books, card catalogues, and paper rolls from player pianos, among other literary artifacts. Baum will give a talk about her work, which draws inspiration from contemporary artists who utilize text, such as Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, along with documentary-style photographers such as Walker Evans and Eugène Atget.  

With experience in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, and poetry, Baum views text and language as physical objects—malleable mediums that can shape new associations and stir moods, with the re-authoring of commonly consumed words and images. Nat Trotman, an associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, wrote of Baum’s work in Aperture magazine’s “Lit.” issue: “Through these open-ended investigations Baum honors the tradition of print—that textured, tangible objectification of language that inexorably fades with each passing year.”

Erica Baum (b. 1961) has become internationally known for 
her photographic work mining found sources of text and image. Recent museum exhibitions include Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York; Reloaded—Concrete Trends, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany; After Dark, Mamco, Geneva. Recent
 solo exhibitions include The Following Information, Bureau, New York, 2016; Stanzas, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, 2015; The Paper Nautilus, Bureau, New York, 2014; Erica Baum, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, Germany, 2013; Erica Baum: Blanks/Naked Eye Anthology, Melas Papadapoulos, Athens, 2013; and Naked Eye Anthology, Bureau, New York, 2012. Baum's work is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; FRAC Ile de France, Paris; the Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK; and the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. 

This talk is presented in conjunction with Thought Patterns at Deborah Ronnen Fine Art, May 20–August 15 (by appointment only). To schedule a visit, contact or (585) 218-9124. For more information, visit

Event Details

Thursday, May 26, 2016
6 p.m.
Dryden Theatre
Members Free
$6 nonmembers
$3 students with ID