The Center for the Humanities

Achieving Rapport: Art and Archives at Foksal Gallery

Panel Discussion

About the event

In tandem with the exhibition on view in the James Gallery, “Thoughts Isolated: the Foksal Gallery Archives 1966-2016,” this evening’s lectures by Katarzyna Krysiak, Pawel Polit and Justyna Wesołowska followed by discussion with David Senior moderated by Katherine Carl will focus on critical and curatorial strategies and practices at the Foksal over successive decades with continued support of the thriving contemporary art scene. Today at a time when artist-run spaces founded in the 1960s and 70s in New York City are encountering serious threats to survival, what does the example of Foksal Gallery illuminate for building a sustained art community and legacy? Starting in the 1960s from a base of extraordinary commitment to art and philosophy as well as ongoing international exchange, the gallery was self-reflective in its practices and in its documentation of activities ranging from performances and public art to strong graphic and textual production of catalogues and printed materials. Foksal Gallery introduced deeply influential artists to the international scene including Tadeusz Kantor and Edward Krasinski, and Krzysztof Wodiczko, as well as hosting an international roster of conceptual artists like Lawrence Weiner and Ben Vautier, which in turn shaped contemporary art in Poland and internationally.

The exhibition and programs were made possible by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland; the support of the Polish Cultural Institute-New York; the patronage of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute/Culture.pl; and Anka Ptaszkowska.

Additional support from The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York; The Kosciuszko Foundation; The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, Inc.; Artists Alliance Inc.; Artists Space; CEC ArtsLink; EFA Project Space; Franklin Furnace; NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.; Residency Unlimited.

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James Gallery Curator Katherine Carl introduces the evening's panel

Exhibition curator Katarzyna Krysiak discusses the Foksal Gallery's history 

Pawel Polit describes theoretical aspects of Foksal Gallery artist practices

Justyna Wesołowska shares the perspectives of artists exhibiting at Foksal today

Exhibition Curator David Senior describes the process of creating "Thoughts Isolated"

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