Matthew Buckingham: Sense of the Past

Art Department Spring 2009 Lecture Series

The Sense of the Past

Matthew Buckingham uses photography, film, video, audio, writing, and drawing in his work to question the role that social memory plays in contemporary life. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, received a bachelor of arts from the University of Iowa, a master of fine arts from Bard College, and attended the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. His projects create physical and social contexts that encourage viewers to question what is most familiar to them. Recent works have investigated the indigenous past and present in the Hudson River Valley; the "creative destruction" of St. Louis; and the inception of the first English dictionary. His work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions at ARC/Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Hamburger Bahnhof National Gallery, Berlin; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was a 2003–04 recipient of the DAAD Artist in Berlin Fellowship. Buckingham currently resides in New York City.