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Why Words Now :

John Miller

16 November 2021 06.00 PM - 08.00 PM
Det Kgl. Danske Kunstakademi Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen

I write a word. It looks funny. I check to see if it’s misspelled, but it’s correct - John Miller, Cinematic Moments (1977).

Art Hub & The School of Sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to present WHY WORDS NOW – the format that tests and probes the paradoxical overabundance of words in the field of visual arts.

For this edition of Why Words Now, we welcome artist John Miller.

John Miller was born 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice deploys painting, sculpture, photography, video, music, critical writing and other forms to address how ideology is performed and maintained in the cultural sphere.

Key to his investigation is the critical analysis of the psycho- logical, economic, and political dimensions of commodity fetishism, connecting latent urges, standardised desires, and mass-produced fantasies to objects, images, and social dynamics. In doing so, he humorously confronts systems of labour, value, and artificiality, and exposes capitalism’s profound influence on our private and public behavioural patterns.

He has been the subject of major solo retrospective exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Zürich; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Magasin Centre National d’art contemporain, Grenoble, France; and Kunstverein Hamburg. His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 Gwangju Biennale and he has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York, among others. His writing and criticism have appeared in Artforum, e-flux, and Texte Zur. He lives and works in New York.


Join us at the School of Sculpture, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Tuesday, 16 November, at 6pm.

Participation is free, but registration is required via

The lecture will be in English.

Why Words Now is curated by artist and academy professor Simon Dybbroe Møller, and independent curator and PhD student at Aarhus University Helga Just Christoffersen.

Why Words Now is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

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