Paul Pfeiffer


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Artist talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus
  • Paul Pfeiffer’s visit is part of the VASD Program’s Patterns series. Click here to learn more.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is highly encouraged.

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Known for his innovative manipulation of digital media, Pfeiffer recasts the visual language of pop spectacle to examine how images shape our perception of ourselves and the world. Sampling footage from YouTube, cable television, and other sources, he uses these as an occasion to plumb the depths of contemporary culture, assessing its racial, religious, and technological dimensions. At the same time, Pfeiffer’s objects and images function diachronically, establishing profound genealogies that connect contemporary culture and its many particularities — professional sports, televised game shows, Michael Jackson, etc. — to the long, seemingly remote histories of art, media, religion, politics, and nationhood.

Pfeiffer was a featured artist in the PBS series Art:21 – Art In The Twenty-First Century, and his work has been seen in numerous national and international exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, PS1’s Greater New York, the Sydney Biennial, and the 2001 Venice Biennale. Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and currently lives and works in New York City and Manila.

Watch Pfeiffer’s Art 21 feature here.

Next Day Q+A Lunch with Paul Pfeiffer

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and artist Paul Pfeiffer for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s artist talk and engage with our special guest. A light lunch will be provided.

Student Event with Paul Pfeiffer

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Details coming soon.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for this event, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at or 303.753.6046 ext. 22751. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled event.