Opening Reception for Roni Horn Exhibition
January 30, 2020
4:00 pm-7:30 pm
University Museum of Contemporary Art
UMass Amherst Campus
Exhibition Opening and Reception for the artist / January 30, Thursday / 4:00–7:30 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. / Roni Horn in Conversation with Julie Brigham-Grette and William Daniels; moderated by Shona Macdonald.
“Iceland could have been anywhere. But as it turns out, Iceland suited my needs. In fact, it seemed to form a perfect complement to my native home, New York. Iceland is the place where I have the clearest view of myself and my relationship to the world. By clearest view, I mean a view that is less constricted by social conventions.”
“Iceland is primarily young geology. Young geology is very unstable. In a literal sense, Iceland is not a very stable place. Iceland is always becoming what it will be, and what it will be is not a fixed thing either. So here is Iceland: an act, not an object, a verb, never a noun. Iceland taught me that each place is a unique location of change. No place is a fixed or concluded thing. So I have discarded the noun form of place as meaningless.”
― Roni Horn, excerpt from an interview with Jan Howard, pages 102–104, Roni Horn, 2000,
Julie Brigham-Grette is a glacial geologist and a professor in the Department of Geosciences, specializing in paleoenvironments and climate evolution of the Arctic and subarctic. William Daniels is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Climate System Research Center in the Department of Geosciences, focusing on reconstructing Arctic climatic, ecologic, and anthropological changes. Moderator Shona Macdonald is an artist, professor, and chair of the Department of Art at UMass Amherst.
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is located on the lower of the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center. Directions to the Fine Arts Center