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Aperture Magazine Live

The Difficulties of Nonsense: Robert Cumming

Tuesday, October 1

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY

$5 DONATION

This event is free for students with I.D. and members of Aperture at the $75 level and above.

Join Robert Cumming in conversation with Sarah Bay Williams on his photographs from the 1970s, the subject of her article in Aperture 211. Cumming’s career as a photographer evolved from his work as a painter, sculptor, and mail artist and was intricately tied to an outlier mentality amplified by his relocation from the Midwest to the Los Angeles in 1970. Fascinated with the mechanics of perception and always honing in on the absurd, Cumming found photography to be the perfect medium through which to exercise tensions between reality and fiction, the everyday and fantasy.

This lecture is part of the Aperture Magazine Live series.

Sarah Bay Williams is an independent curator, writer, and artist who wrote her thesis on humor, absurdity, and perceptual play in the 1970s photography of Robert Cumming. She is currently working on a book about Cumming’s art.

Robert Cumming was born in New England in 1943 and now lives and works in Massachusetts. Though he is well known for his photography of the 1970s, he is also an accomplished painter, printmaker, sculptor, and mail artist, and has self-published several artist’s books of his writing, drawing, and photography.

Image: Robert Cumming, Watermelon/Bread 

The Difficulties of Nonsense: Robert Cumming