Event: 'Distinguished Lecture: Nancy Reddin Kienholz' Print
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Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series: Distinguished Lecture: Nancy Reddin Kienholz presents The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger

Sunday, February 24, 1:00 pm, Chiego Lecture Hall


Completed in 1992, The Merry-Go-World installation stages the mysteries of birth, life, and individual futures in an eight sided carousel. Viewers spin a wheel of fortune and step inside one of the eight interiors ranging from the luxury of Paris to middle-class Beijing to the poverty of Houston’s Fifth Ward. Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz traveled the world collecting ideas, materials, and experiences to include in the installation. "Elle" Mono Series #23, a mixed media tableau acquired through the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum (MCCF) in 2004, relates to the portion on Paris. It is one of a series of unique works made from surplus material collected for the carousel environments.


A photographer, Nancy Reddin met Edward Kienholz in 1972. Soon after, they married and embarked on a lifelong artistic partnership. All work created after they met bears the names of both artists as co-authors and collaborators. Nancy currently lives and works in Hope, Idaho; Houston, Texas; and Berlin, Germany.


Tickets are available for McNay members $10, nonmembers $20, educators and students with an I.D. $5. Reserve space by calling 210.805.1768 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration deadline: February 22, noon.


This lecture is a program of the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum and Majority Rules: A Decade of Contemporary Art Acquisitions.


Image: Photo by Edward Kienholz. Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1991. ©Kienholz/Courtesy of the artists and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.


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