Barbara Kruger’s “Another” at UCSD

Earnie Grafton. 2008. Courtesy Union Tribune.

Barbara Kruger (Season 1) has created a wall and floor mural for the 4-story atrium of the Price Center East at the University of California San Diego, where the artist taught from 2002 to 2006. Another is the 17th piece in the 25-year old Stuart Collection of public/site-specific art on the campus, which also includes prominent works by Alexis Smith (Snake Path) and Season 2 artist Tim Hawkinson (Bear).

Another is more understated than Kruger’s usual fare, blending into its surroundings and incorporating a giant photomural of two clocks punctuated by text blocks reading “Another Day, Another Time, Another Loss, Another Dollar, Another Place, Another Time, Another Smile, Another Song, and Another Sweater.” The work is a commentary on the relentless nature of time, the “everydayness,” as the artist puts it. Live Reuter news and headlines are also integrated via two LED displays. In lieu of her usual solid red background, Kruger has substituted a more architectural terrazzo-style block in reds, greens and blues to counterpart the real terrazzo rectangles scattered across the floor, which itself is interspersed with quotations from various writers and social critics, such as “Those who make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” (Voltaire).

Sounds like the perfect thing to digest in the center, a dining hall where students also eat and congregate.

  1. Judi Collins says:

    OMG! read rhizome post below! Another Installation Peed on!?!?

    Pissed Off Artists Allegedly Urinate on Kruger Art

    A group of artist protesters calling themselves “The
    Infinity Lab” were arrested Thursday after witnesses
    reported acts of vandalism on the new Barbara Kruger
    Installation commissioned by University of California
    San Diego’s Stuart Collection.

    The protesters chanted, “Another formulaic Kruger”,
    as one of them allegedly urinated on the
    installation’s floor text. Campus police arrested the
    3 protesters as they continued to mock the

    Thursday’s protest may have inspired another
    disturbing act of vandalism this time reported at Los
    Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday. Apparently, a
    protester threw bags of fecal matter at Kruger’s mural
    in the Eli Broad Collection.

    Due to the two acts, there is elevated security
    around all of Barbara Kruger’s public artworks. So
    far, Kruger has not been available for comment.

  2. Lee Undermen says:

    Actually, they did urinate on Kruger’s piece, at least on a t-shirt that she made for the Gap (clothing store). Did you all know that Barbara Kruger designed a t-shirt for the Gap???

    I want to pee on it too!


  3. Lee Undermen says:

    Wouldn’t let me post video

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