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Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim

Conceptual Artist

Portrait by Donna Granata - 2002               

Dennis Oppenheim (1938 - 2011)

Dennis Oppenheim created the newest addition to the City of Ventura Public Art Program called Bus-Home, a large functional sculpture gracing the new Bus Transfer Center at Ventura’s Pacific View Mall.

Stanford-educated, Oppenheim is a world famous pioneering figure within contemporary art history, leading in the fields of performance, video, film, sculpture, drawing and public art. “Bus Home deals with the metamorphosis of one image into another. In a kind of animated freeze frame the house slowly becomes a bus. In this three-dimensional pictorial equivalent of a journey, the journey consists of a swirling loop, a spiral. This work should be magical and hard to contemplate, as is often the case when one thing turns into another,” explained Oppenheim. “I hope this work would also bring calm to especially young travelers, by showing a flow, and connection between where you came from and where you are going.”

Dennis Oppenheim's documentation took place in 2002. The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist. To learn more about Dennis Oppenheim please visit: