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Allan McCollum and Josiah McElheny at the New York Public Library

UPDATE: Season 3 artist Josiah McElheny has been added to the event.

A Conversation with Allan McCollum and Josiah McElheny

Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 p.m
New York Public Library
South Court Auditorium, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

As part of Art21’s Access 09 initiative celebrating Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5, a conversation with contemporary artist Allan McCollum will be preceded by a screening of the artist’s Art:21 segment from the episode Systems.

Applying strategies of mass production to hand-made objects, in the series McCollum explores the meaning of the unique work of art versus that of mass-produced objects for a society gripped by consumption. He is best known for creating large quantities of nearly identical-yet still unique-component objects which then constitute a single work of art. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

This event is co-presented by Art21 and The New York Public Library, The Art Collection at the Mid-Manhattan Library.

Allan McCollum is featured in the Season 5 episode Systems, premiering Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Preview the Season 5 segment here.

Have a question for Allan McCollum? Tell us in the comments below for a chance to have it asked at the event. If so, we’ll post his response on this site.


  1. Amy says:

    The writings of the French post-structuralists and deconstructionists were being translated into English during the 1970’s and 80’s, and I am wondering if Alan McCollum read any of these writings and if there was an impact on his work. What are his thoughts on deconstruction and theories of postmodernity in relationship to his artistic practice?

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  3. elizabeth says:

    At what time in the New York Public Library?

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