Nayland Blake: Traipsing through Collapse

installation of two large speakers on stands, and a rectangular painting on a wall over a case of records

Ruins of a Sensibility (2002), enamel paint on masonite, vinyl records, DJ equipment.

This lecture reviews almost 40 years of the artist Nayland Blake's work in a variety of mediums and addresses questions about the training of artists and the nature of queer and multiracial identity in American society.

Nayland Blake is an artist, writer, educator, and curator. He has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; University Art Museum, Berkeley; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and many others. He is the author of numerous catalog essays, as well as articles and interviews appearing in such publications as Artforum, Out, Interview, and Outlook. In 1995 he and Lawrence Rinder were cocurators of the landmark exhibition In a Different Light at the University Art Museum, Berkeley — the first museum exhibition to examine the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer artists on contemporary art. He is currently the founding chair of the ICP-Bard M.F.A. Program in advanced photographic studies at the International Center for Photography in New York City. Blake is represented by FRED in London, Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City.