About the event

Recent oppositional movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter have demonstrated how acts of cultural-political resistance and commemoration are closely linked to questions of space and public access. This conference explores how an image, an art object, and/or performance can not only refer to some past occurrence, but can also perform and project its agency into a world beyond its initial presentation. How does one’s position vis-à-vis such struggles enable or obstruct our ability to see, read, or understand art? How does alterity intersect and illuminate challenges to frameworks of power, or reconfigure our approaches to pictorial, choreographic, and/or physical space? These questions have been at the fore of national and international politics and are relevant to artists across media ranging from painting to performance.

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Conference Schedule:

Martin E. Segal Theatre

2:30pm - Introduction (Andrianna Campbell and Jonathan Patkowski)

2:35–4:00 Presentations (followed by Q+A):

Lucy Hunter (PhD Student, Art History, Yale University), "On Curating 'Irregular Rendition': Exhibition-Making as Public Address

Joanna Fiduccia (PhD Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles), "Lacks Worth Having: William Pope.L and Land Art"

Chloe Wyma (PhD Student, Art History CUNY Graduate Center), "Partial, Incoherent and Divided Imbeciles: The Situationist International and the Action in Belgium Against the International Assembly of Art Critics"


4:15–4:45 - Keynote Lecture I: Darby English, "The Painter and the Police" (Introduction: Jonathan Patkowski)

4:45–5:45 - Conversation with Darby English and David Joselit

Elebash Recital Hall

6:30pm-7:45pm Keynote by Tania Bruguera introduced by Andrianna Campbell and followed by a conversation with Claire Bishop.
Free, Reservations Required. To reserve seats for this keynote, click here. For more information, click here.

Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Art History, and the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY.