Ant Farm

American

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Ant Farm

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American

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54
Biography

Ant Farm is a media-based collective, working with installation, happenings, and performances as political critique—or in their own words, an “art agency that promotes ideas that have no commercial potential but which we think are important vehicles of cultural introspection.” Formed in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels, Ant Farm was originally conceived as an alternative practice for architecture, graphic arts, and environmental art. It later expanded to include Curtis Schreier, and sometimes Douglass Hurr and Hudson Marquez, and shifted its focus to re-creating major media events with themselves as primary participants. Ant Farm borrowed frequently from American pop iconography with irony, humor, and spectacle. It disbanded in 1978 after a fire destroyed their shared studio in San Francisco.

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Biography

Ant Farm is a media-based collective, working with installation, happenings, and performances as political critique—or in their own words, an “art agency that promotes ideas that have no commercial potential but which we think are important vehicles of cultural introspection.” Formed in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels, Ant Farm was originally conceived as an alternative practice for architecture, graphic arts, and environmental art. It later expanded to include Curtis Schreier, and sometimes Douglass Hurr and Hudson Marquez, and shifted its focus to re-creating major media events with themselves as primary participants. Ant Farm borrowed frequently from American pop iconography with irony, humor, and spectacle. It disbanded in 1978 after a fire destroyed their shared studio in San Francisco.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta