This conversation took place the 8th of April, 2011 at the Museo Tamayo as part of the public program accompanying the exhibition Abstract Possible: The Tamayo Take.
Doug Ashford is an artist, teacher and writer. Since 1989 he has taught design, sculpture and theory at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he is now Associate Professor. The collaboratively organized Interdisciplinary Seminar and Lecture Series at The Cooper Union continues to provide public platforms for rethinking art across media and discipline. 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 learning of contemporary culture through artistic intervention. Since those years he has gone on to make paintings, write and produce public projects, all engaged with the social imagination. His most recent dialogic project was Who Cares (Creative Time, 2006), a book built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, ethics and beauty. His work with Group Material has been recently compiled in the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material (Four Corners Books, 2010).