Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park

Saturday, February 21, 2009


EXCLUSIVE: Artist Oliver Herring discusses what he perceives as generational shifts in our relationship to the camera, mortality, and legacy, accompanied by scenes from his five channel video installation "Little Dances of Misfortunes" (2001) — created after 9/11 — which depicts amateur dancers illuminated by phosphorescent body paint. "Little Dances of Misfortunes" is currently on view (through June 14, 2009) at the The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College as part of Oliver Herrings 15-year career survey "Me Us Them".

VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Roger Phenix. Editor: Jenny Chiurco. Artwork Courtesy: Oliver Herring.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Common Creativity: Article in the Diamondback

'Common Creativity' written by Derby Cox and Kristi Tousignant

Saturday, April 5, 2008

TASK at Ritchie Coliseum 04.02.08

Photobucket Album
TASK 004

We'd like to compile a photographic archive of images from last Wednesday's TASK event and share them with Oliver. If any of you have photographs that you took on the night, I would appreciate it if you could burn copies to a CD or data DVD and drop them in my faculty mail box in the Department of Art, 1211E Art-Sociology. Thank-You.

I will continue to add images to the facebook event page and this blog through the rest of the month.

Art:21 Oliver Herring Update

Oliver Herring I Task

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What to bring to TASK!

duct tape / masking tape / large black marker /scissors /aluminum foil / seran-wrap /pen or pencil / sheets of standard letter paper / food / cardboard and other recyclables / mix CD / other random items at your discretion

Friday, March 28, 2008

TASK event parking

Click on the image above to get a printable map showing the location of Ritchie Coliseum in relation to available parking. Additional parking info. can be found on the following University of Maryland website:
Where can I park?

It can be a Task to Relax

You will understand when you see the end, I think, I am not sure I understand...

Interview with Oliver

On Spitting, Knitting, and not Quitting: Buck Ellison interviews Oliver Herring

Dance fight?

Come to task and shake your booty in ways you could have never imagined!!!

Are you planning to attend TASK?

Please bring with you the following supplies:

Roll of duct tape or masking tape
Large black marker
Pair of scissors or a cutting knife
Roll of aluminum foil
Roll of seran wrap* (*very important)
Regular pen or pencil
10 -15 sheets of standard letter paper
Empty cardboard boxes
Anything random that you can think of

You might also want to think about bringing a camera to document the experience...

Given the numbers that we are now expecting to attend, your willingness to bring a few items with you will make a huge difference! Thank you!


The University of Maryland Art Gallery will be showing BASIC, a series of video works by Oliver Herring, April 3rd thru 28th 2008

The first video cut from Mia + Joe!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Wednesday April 2nd 2008, 6pm-10pm

Oliver Herring is the artist in residence at UMD's art department this semester. A prominent contemporary sculptor, photographer, and videographer, he has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, and the Hirshhorn. And now he's throwing a party.

Part performance piece, part art rave, TASK is awesome chaos. What starts as a roomful of people, a boxful of random task instructions and an arena defined by cardboard and paper soon catapults into a madcap art party where anything goes. The methodology is simple: take a task from the box, write one down to replace it, complete your task. What those tasks are, you decide. Enjoy, but be warned—you just might wind up taped to the wall wearing a paper unibrow.

There will be music, free food and major fun to be had. Tell your friends, your grandma and the family dog that the scene’s at Ritchie this Wednesday—then show up (bearing props and mix CDs and anything your heart desires) with your beautiful selves, prepared to party.

Directions to Ritchie Coliseum:
If traveling South on Route 1 towards UMCP, go past the main entrance to the campus (which is Campus Drive) and then turn left at the very next light onto Rossborough Lane. After you turn left onto Rossborough Lane, Ritchie Coliseum will be the building immediately on your right. The main entrance to the "lobby" of Ritchie Coliseum is on the side facing Route 1.

the facebook event

now exists. Some people on yesterday's email list have already gotten messages/invites; for anyone who hasn't heard, it's here:

Add yourself to the event, invite your friends! The bigger it looks, the more people are likely to go.

I also need screencaps and a video trailer--hopefully we can have that done by tomorrow, please?


[edit: we also need someone to send info out to listservs. I know of three i could inform, but didn't someone else have a longer list?]

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Rescheduled Lecture

Tuesday March 25th 5pm ASY 2309

Thursday, February 14, 2008

TASK: your experiences

If you were a participant in Tuesday's TASK project, what were some of the more interesting tasks that you were asked to perform? Do you have any interesting anecdotes from the experience? Respond in the comments section to share with others:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hirshhorn Museum Podcasts

A Conversation with Oliver Herring
On April 29, 2008, from Noon to 7 pm, the Hirshhorn presented "Task," an interactive art-making experience organized by New York-based artist Oliver Herring. In this Podcast Assistant curator Kristen Hileman talks to Herring about "Task" and other works. (31:13)

Art 21: Oliver Herring