Virtual program: Arakawa Thieves in Discussion

July 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual program: Arakawa Thieves in Discussion

In 1969, five art students conspired to carry out the request that artist Shusaku Arakawa (1936-2010) stenciled into his painting Untitled (1969): “IF POSSIBLE STEAL ANY ONE OF THESE DRAWINGS INCLUDING THIS SENTENCE.” The performative art caper raised questions of ownership and artistic agency. In a conversation moderated by curator Patricia Hickson, hear the original thieves/artists discuss their plot to remove Arakawa’s work from the Dwan Gallery in New York and the story of its accession into the collection of the Wadsworth. Free.


Image: Installation view of Shusaku Arakawa, Untitled (Stolen), 1969. Oil on canvas. Gift of “The Thieves”.