Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide

Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Installation view two

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me

Installation view Tate Liverpool exhibition 2006

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Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Installation view one

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me

Installation view Tate Liverpool exhibition 2006

© Tate 2006

Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Installation view three

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me
Installation view Tate Liverpool exhibition 2006

© Tate 2006

Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Installation view four

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me
Installation view Tate Liverpool exhibition 2006

© Tate 2006

Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Installation view five

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me
Installation view Tate Liverpool exhibition 2006

© Tate 2006

Bruce Nauman’s pioneering explorations of sculpture, video, performance and environments have influenced artists internationally since the 1970s. Yet it is ideas, rather than any medium, that govern the artist’s work.

Nauman studied mathematics and physics as an undergraduate: ‘I didn’t become a mathematician, but I think there was a certain thinking process which was very similar and which carried over into art. This investigative activity is necessary.’ Rooted in the human condition, Nauman’s art exists almost as a series of experiments in which all the diverse areas of human activity are tested.

The first half of this exhibition examines the artist’s use of language, his questioning of its success and failure as the fundamental means of human interaction and its use as a tool to control. In the second half the subject turns to physical behaviour, starting with the artist’s before moving to that of the audience through a series of environments that elicit predetermined physical and psychological responses.

Bruce Nauman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1941 and studied at the Universities of Wisconsin and California. His first solo exhibition was held in 1966 at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely in North America and Europe and since 1979 has lived on a ranch in New Mexico where, in addition to his studio practice, he breeds horses.

Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Room 1: Eating my words

Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide: Room 1: Eating my words: past Tate Liverpool exhibition

Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Room 2: Get out of this room

Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide: Room 2: Get out of this room: past Tate Liverpool exhibition

Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Room 3: Stamping in the studio

Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide: Room 3: Stamping in the studio: past Tate Liverpool exhibition

Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Room 4: Body pressure

Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide: Room 4: Body pressure: past Tate Liverpool exhibition

Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me Room 5: Violent incident

Bruce Nauman – Make Me Think Me: Exhibition guide: Room 5: Violent incident: past Tate Liverpool exhibition