Doug Ashford is an artist, teacher and writer. Since 1989 his primary work has been the teaching of design, sculpture and theory at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Ashford’s principle art practice from 1982 to 1996 was as a member of Group Material, who collectively sought to transform the production, presentation and description of contemporary culture by inventing new forms of display and distribution for the museum and the street.
Soon after receiving a BFA in 1981, Ashford became a member of the artists’ collective Group Material which was his principal art practice until 1996. Group Material produced over fifty exhibitions and public projects internationally, using museums and other public spaces as cultural arenas in which audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. Prominent in this history are the exhibitions: The Castle (documenta 8, Kassel, Germany, 1987), Democracy (The Dia Art Foundation, New York, 1988) and AIDS Timeline (The Berkeley Art Museum 1989, Wadsworth Atheneum, 1990, The Whitney Museum, 1991)…
Members: Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mundy McLaughlin, and Tim Rollins
Afterlife reward? I want my cake right now. Paradise on earth? Earthly utopias are those suspicious meta-narratives that corrupt the interpretation of history—inherently exclusionary. But I have never surrendered the belief that some construction of exceptional happiness, however temporary, is possible. This conviction comes partly from knowing the work of Doug Ashford, a colleague and collaborator for almost 20 years…
Art and the Social