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Virtual | Landmarks: A Discussion on Public Art, with Sarah Oppenheimer & Andrée Bober

September 1, 2022 | 5:00 pm

Art installation by Sarah Oppenheimer
2pm PT / 3pm MT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET

Please join us for a virtual conversation between artist Sarah Oppenheimer and Andrée Bober, founding director and curator of Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. The discussion will offer an inside look at C-010106, Oppenheimer’s recent commission for the university’s College of Engineering. Oppenheimer and Bober will introduce the work and share insights on developing a major outdoor public art project within a unique and complex architectural setting.

C-010106 consists of two structures positioned at opposite ends of a new pedestrian footbridge on the Texas Engineering campus. Each structure features four panes of glass⎯ two reflective, diagonal sheets sandwiched between two vertical sheets. At the intersection of the four panes, the glass passes through an incision in the bridge’s surface, enabling pedestrians on top of the bridge to see the reflections of those underneath, and vice versa.

Oppenheimer pushes the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, questioning the limits of both mediums. The artist shifts our frame of spatial reference, displacing our experience of inside and out, and inverting our sense of what is near and far. In doing so, Oppenheimer heightens our awareness of the shared environment and creates unexpected opportunities for social exchange.

C-010106 is Oppenheimer’s first entirely outdoor public work and is among the artist’s largest works to date. Sited on the Peyton Yates Family footbridge connecting the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) to the new Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (GLT)—designed through a collaboration of Jacobs and Ennead—the work features architectural materials that have been engineered with unique specificity.


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About Andrée Bober

Andrée Bober is the founding director and curator of Landmarks , the public art program at The University of Texas at Austin. Building upon a long term loan with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has commissioned major works by artists such as Ann Hamilton, José Parlá, Nancy Rubins, Jennifer Steinkamp, and James Turrell. Bober also created Landmarks Video in 2010, an ongoing series of video art. She previously led the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati through the successful completion of its Zaha Hadid designed facility, both as deputy and then acting director. Bober studied art history and museology at The University of Texas at Austin, practiced painting conservation in Vienna, Austria, and earned a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University in New York. Her recent publications include The Collections: The University of Texas at Austin (2016) and Landmarks (2018). She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

About Sarah Oppenheimer

Sarah Oppenheimer (b. 1972, Austin, Texas) has lived and worked in New York City since earning a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1999. Oppenheimer’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2020); MASS MoCA, North Adams,Massachusetts (2019); the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus,Ohio (2017); the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (2016); MUDAM: Musée d’ArtModerne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2016); and Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz,Switzerland (2014). The artist is a recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship (2011–12), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2009), and Guggenheim FoundationFellowship (2007). Oppenheimer is currently a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art.

About Landmarks

Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Fine Arts. Its collection of modern and contemporary art celebrates diverse perspectives, featuring commissioned projects alongside sculptures on long term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Landmarks inspires thought and growth by making great art free and accessible to all.

Image: Sarah Oppenheimer, C-010106, 2022 / Aluminum, steel, glass, and architecture / Two forms: 191 x 125 x 35” and 156 x 125 x 35” / Courtesy of Landmarks, The University of Texas at Austin / Photo by Richard Barnes

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