Thu, Jan 27

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Manetti Shrem Art Museum

William T. Wiley and the Slant Step: All On The Line

In 1965, William T. Wiley discovered an unusual object in a thrift store that has become an art world icon, totem, object of ridicule, a shaggy dog story, and a Dada-inspired object that has mystified and intrigued generations of artists to the present day.

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William T. Wiley and the Slant Step:            All On The Line

Time & Location

Jan 27, 10:00 AM – Apr 06, 8:00 AM

Manetti Shrem Art Museum, 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616, USA

About the event

From 1962 to 1969, while teaching at the University of California, Davis, William T. Wiley developed a complex methodology and compound symbol language to explore philosophical, environmental and psychological questions across all available media. The results are startling, often beautiful and always engaging. All on the Line will have a special focus on Wiley and his former student Bruce Nauman’s 1965-66 Slant Step project: It will gather for the first time many of the Slant Step objects made by both artists, which epitomized Wiley’s outlook on art and jump-started conceptual art in Northern California. The exhibition derives from five years of curatorial research and a close collaboration with the artist.

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