Liz Glynn, The Archaeology of Another Possible Future, 2017. Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams MA. Photo credit David Dashiell.

Liz Glynn (USA) creates sculpture, large-scale installations, and participatory performances using epic historical narratives, cultural artefacts, and monumental architecture to explore the potential for change in the present tense. Her practice functions as form of materialist philosophy: activating objects through performance, changing materials to trace shifts in cultural value, and embodying the rise and fall of empires through cycles of actions and object production.

At Delfina Foundation, Liz will explore the concept of “performance” during a time when the finance and technology sectors have instrumentalised the concept of exertion in service of late capitalist production. She will consider the potential for performance (art) to function as a counterpoint to an economy that demands workers continually overextend themselves to exceed expectations, and construct a material history of exhaustion.

Recent solo exhibitions include, The Archaeology of Another Possible Future, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Open House, a project of the Public Art Fund, NYC; The Myth of Singularity, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; and RANSOM ROOM, SculptureCenter, NYC. Liz’s work has been presented in group exhibitions at venues including the Barbican Center, London; the New Museum, NYC; MoCA, Los Angeles; the Petit Palais, Paris; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Reviews of her work have appeared in in Artforum, Art in America, frieze, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair, among others.

With support from

Walton Family Foundation


Performance as Process:
Season 3


Spring 2018

Artist’s website



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