Vanessa Beecroft

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

Lecture by the Artist

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection
January 23, 6:00pm

Nude women standing and lying on large pile of dirt
Vanessa Beecroft
vb53.017.nt
VB53, Tepidarium, Giardino dell’Orticultura, Florence, 2004
Photograph by Nic Tenwiggenhorn
Copyright © 2004 Vanessa Beecroft
Photograph not in exhibition; video documentation of VB53 courtesy of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation.

Vanessa Beecroft, born in Genoa, Italy and based in Los Angeles, is known for provocative artworks that question society’s obsession with the female body. In VB53, a live performance orchestrated by Beecroft, twenty-one female models of various ethnicities were gathered on a large, oval mound of moist earth inside the soaring iron-and-glass Tepidarium of Florence’s horticultural garden. The work began with the women standing upright, wearing nothing but the same style of fashionable shoes and facing the same direction. During the course of the three-hour performance the women grew sufficiently weary to brave sitting or reclining on the loamy mound, dirtying their bare skin with fresh soil. The work is represented in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection by video documentation of the compelling event. Beecroft will discuss VB53 and other projects from her artistic practice during her lecture at SDSU.

The lecture and exhibition are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the fund for Instructionally Related Activities, and Arts Alive SDSU.

Nude women standing and lying on large pile of dirt
Vanessa Beecroft
vb53.017.nt
VB53, Tepidarium, Giardino dell’Orticultura, Florence, 2004
Photograph by Nic Tenwiggenhorn
Copyright © 2004 Vanessa Beecroft
Photograph not in exhibition; video documentation of VB53 courtesy of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation.

Lecture by the Artist

Saturday, January 23, 6:00pm

Storm Hall West 011
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
(619)-501-6370

Directions to PARKING STRUCTURE 8
(Free parking)

From EASTBOUND I-8 exit onto College Avenue South.
Remain in RIGHT-MOST exit lane and immediately turn RIGHT onto Canyon Crest Drive.

From WESTBOUND I-8 exit College Avenue
Remain in LEFT LANE to traffic light, then turn LEFT
Immediately move onto RIGHT-MOST lane and turn RIGHT at Canyon Crest Drive [at 2nd traffic light after overpass].

  • Follow Canyon Crest going west, then south, then north going up the hillside;
  • At stop sign – turn LEFT onto Aztec Circle Drive (no street marker);
  • Immediately around the first curve to your RIGHT is Parking Structure 8;
  • Once in the structure, guests may park in any unmarked spot;
  • From your parking space, walk to southeast corner of structure on Level 3, where a sign will direct you to Storm Hall West
Parking Structure 8 map
Parking Structure 8 map

*Exhibitions and events at the SDSU Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.