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Art, work, and chance
When is a raffle a work of art? When it’s part of a series by Skidmore artist Margo Mensing—and when the prize goes by chance to the perfect recipient.
For a faculty exhibit last fall, Mensing’s artworks included a raffle for an expense-paid trip to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, featuring a tour guided by Walker curatorial fellow Daniel Byers ’03. The highlight: Donald Judd’s famous 1971 work consisting of five cobalt-blue aluminum cubes, on view through July. The raffle was part of a Judd installment in Mensing’s Dead at… series, in which each year she creates art about a famous person who died at her current age. Judd was 66 when he died in 1994. Previous Dead at artworks focused on the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Walt Disney. Mensing’s pieces last fall were comments on Judd’s sculpture and methods, using clay, cloth, paper, woven willow, and building materials.
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