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New Canaan Library Presents a Talk by Heather Cotter on the Artist Bruce Nauman, as Part of The Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA@Work Series

December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


New Canaan Library is pleased to welcome Heather Cotter, presenting a lecture through The Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA@Work series, whereby Museum educators and speakers present offsite talks at businesses and organizations. MoMA educator Heather Cotter will deliver the talk Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. MoMA@Work lectures are underwritten by a generous benefactor. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required, online at

The exhibition Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts is currently on view at both The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 through February 2019. Disappearing Acts spans Nauman’s entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, providing a rare opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

The exhibition traces strategies of withdrawal in Nauman’s work—both literal and figurative incidents of removal, deflection, and concealment. Bodies are fragmented, centers are left empty, voices emanate from hidden speakers; the artist sculpts himself in absentia, appearing
only as negative space. (Excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art,, November 18, 2018)

Image:Bruce Nauman. Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know. 1983. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frames, 107 1/2 × 107 × 5 3/4″ (273.1 × 271.8 × 14.6 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Heather Cotter has been a Lecturer at MoMA since 2007. She holds an MA in Art History from Boston University and a MEd in Art Education from Harvard University. Cotter also currently serves as a lecturer for the Dia Foundation and teaches courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


December 4, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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