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The Idea of Language Image

​Eli Detweiler, Jr., photo by Myers Jackson

The Idea of Language


​Eli Detweiler, Jr., a livestock and auto auctioneer and National Auction Association competition champion, performs a high-speed auctioneer chant. Detweiler will also lead an informal workshop in auctioneer number-calling. Detweiler is featured in Aitken’s 1998 installation these restless minds, which depicts rural farm auctioneers spewing out words and financial figures at a rapid-fire pace, creating what the artist describes as “accelerated perception.” This program is part of a series of in-gallery programs focusing on core ideas in the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth.

Priority seating is available to MOCA members one hour before the program. Fifteen minutes before the program begins seating will be open to non-members. Early arrival is recommended.

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