Artists Talk | Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Join us for a free evening program featuring Bechtler Curator Katia Zavistovski in conversation with Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, two of the most important contemporary artists working with film and new media today.
The Swiss American duo share insights into their work, Flora, double-sided film installation based on their discoveries about the previously unknown American artist Flora Mayo, who in the 1920s studied in Paris alongside Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, and with whom she had a romantic relationship. While Giacometti is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, Mayo had been relegated to a footnote in Giacometti scholarship. Hubbard / Birchler reframe this story from a feminist perspective, and bring Mayo’s compelling biography to life through a hybrid form of storytelling that deftly interweaves narration, reenactment, and documentary.
Flora premiered at the Swiss Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, and the Bechtler exhibition marks the first time the work will be seen on the East Coast. Organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Flora will be on view at the Bechtler from September 23, 2023 through January 21, 2024.
This public program is free of charge. Reservations are required.
Friday, September 22nd
Free Public Program
5 - 6 PM | Exhibition open for viewing before Artists Talk
6 - 7 PM | Artists Talk Program
Member Only Reception
Friday, September 22 | 7 - 9 PM
Members of the Bechtler are invited to view and celebrate the exhibition opening at the member only reception. Wine, beer, water, soda, and light bites provided.
Please RSVP for the Artists Talk and Member Reception to Lisa Woods below or call 704.353.9207. Reservations requested by Spetmeber 20.
About the Artists:
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler are among the most important contemporary artists working with film and new media. Their work is held in numerous public collections worldwide and their extensive international exhibition history include venues such as the 48th and 57th Venice Biennale; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; Kunstmuseum Basel; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; National Museum of Art, Osaka; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Tate Museum Liverpool, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler are represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin. Hubbard and Birchler are Professors in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.