On June 15, in Cambridge/Boston, a film screening of “Painters Painting” (Dir. Emile de Antonio, 1973, 117 min) at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
On June 14 in Boston, a closing reception for “Anna Von Mertens: GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES,” curated by Kirsten Swenson. The curator and artist will be in attendance.
On June 1, in Chicago, an artist talk by Abelardo Morell in conjunction with his retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago.
On June 1 in NYC, a “Meet-and-Greet” Skill-Exchange with TimeBanksNYC at Fort Greene Park. See how people are using the timebank to connect with others who have agreed to exchange using time as currency.
On May 31 in NYC, Suhail Malik “On the Necessity of Art’s Exit from Contemporary Art: A History of Negations (Part 3)” at Artists Space.
On May 29 in North Miami, FL, “Brown Bagging: Quality is Our Recipe,” an interactive Disorientalism Performance by Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim.
Through July 28 in NYC, Speculations (“The future is ___________”), a series of lectures debates, conversations, and keynotes hosted by Triple Canopy at MoMA PS1. Upcoming events through June 2:
On May 23 in Cambridge, MA, “Alan Uglow: A Panel Discussion” with Elena Alexander, Stephen Ellis, and Gregory H. Williams at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Moderated by List curator João Ribas.
On May 11 in NYC, “Cache Cleaner,” an evening of musical and artistic performances in celebration of Triple Canopy’s fifth anniversary at China Chalet. Featuring performances by Maxmilion Dunbar, Masks, My Barbarian, and BFFA3AE. Jon Santos, Michael Magnan (Fatherhood), and RVNG’s Matt Werth will DJ.
On May 11, in NYC, “What Happened to the Institutional Critique?”: James Meyer and Renée Green in conversation at the New Museum.
On May 11 in NYC, “Another Art World Is Possible,” a workshop at NURTUREart Gallery hosted by Arts & Labor.
From May 9 in NYC, an exhibition of new works by Marcia Kure at Susan Inglett Gallery.
TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 8 @ 8pm, the SCAH Boston reading group meets for an experimental workshop on the object(s) of pedagogy. We ask that each participant give a short presentation of an object (or objects) related to his/her current research that was designed or used for teaching. Together, we’ll consider how these objects (understood broadly) [...]
On April 28 in NYC, a special press conference and performance to mark the close of Jon Kessler’s exhibition “The Web” at Swiss Institute.
On April 26 in NYC, “The Art of PixelVision,” a lecture and screening by Peggy Ahwesh at the New Museum.
On April 25, “Art, Writing, Life, Writing, Art,” a talk by Holland Cotter, Senior Art Critic for the New York Times. In the Carl & Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center, Presentation Room, Brandeis University, at 5pm.
On April 25 in Cambridge, MA, “Criminal Queers,” a BYO film screening and discussion with Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley at the Carpenter Center.
On April 23 in NYC, a talk by artist Julie Mehretu at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. RSVP required.
On April 23 in Cambridge, MA, an ArtisTalk with Doris Salcedo and curator Mary Schneider-Enriquez at the Sackler Museum.
From April 19 in Boston, “GOLD! AND OTHER FALLEN EMPIRES,” an exhibition of works by Anna Von Mertens at the Boston Center for the Arts (Mills Gallery). Curated by Kirsten Swenson.
On Friday, April 5 the SCAH DC reading group met with special guest Richard Meyer to discuss selections from his book, What Was Contemporary Art?, and Howard Singerman’s Art Subjects. For more information about the DC group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 12 and 13 in Cambridge, MA, “Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition.” Participants include David Joselit, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Amy Sillman, R.H. Quaytman, Julie Mehretu, Carol Armstrong, Suzanne Hudson, and more.
On April 10 in Cambridge, MA, a BYO session on “Working Conditions: Paradox of Labor and the Creative Industry” at the Carpenter Center.
On April 4 in London, Adrian Rifkin on “Art Writing, or the perfect dis-union of word and image,” at the Association of Art Historians. Tickets required.
On April 3, in Cambridge/Boston, an ArtisTalk with Ann Hamilton and Mary Schneider Enriquez at Harvard’s Sackler Museum.
On March 27 in Cambridge, MA, a BYO presentation/performance and discussion with Julie Carr and K.J. Holmes on “Dance-Text Collaboration” at the Carpenter Center.
Thru March 22 in London, the Royal College of Art holds its annual mystery postcard sale.
On March 19 in Waltham/Boston, a gallery talk with Mark Bradford at the Rose Art Museum.
On Mar 19 in NYC, artist Danh Vo, winner of the 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, discusses his exhibition “I M U U R 2″ with Julie Ault and Peter Broda at the Guggenheim.
Tuesday, March 12 @ 8pm: the SCAH Boston Reading Group meets to discuss David Joselit’s After Art. E-mail email@example.com for meeting location, details.
On March 14 in Boston, “The Artist as Typographer,” a lecture by Tom McDonough at Northeastern University.
On March 13 in Waltham/Boston, “Dead Subjects Speak,” an artist talk by Silvia Kolbowski. In The Edie & Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, Brandeis University, 5pm.
On March 14 in Cambridge, MA, Raymond Bellour and Laura Mulvey on cinema and contemporary art at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
On March 12 in NYC, a talk by artist Haim Steinbach at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. RSVP required.
On Mar 10 in NYC, a roundtable at the New Museum on Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present moderated by editors and SCAH founders Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson, and featuring several contributors to the book.
This weekend, “Why Art History Matters: Politics, Ethics, and Objects,” a graduate student conference at Princeton University. Opening & keynote lectures by Hal Foster (“Critical Stakes”, March 8 at 5pm) and James Elkins (“Unresolved Problems in Global Art History”, March 9 at 4:45pm)
The Spring 2013 program for our Boston Reading Group is now available.
On Mar 7 in NYC, “1974 VOLVO AND THE MISE-EN-SCÈNE,” a lecture by Liam Gillick that explores the mise-en-scène as a model for social and cultural organization. Continued shifts in technology and the rise of Neo-Liberalism are countered by new identifications and subjectivities.
On Mar 5 in NYC, “1963 HERMAN KAHN AND PROJECTION,” a lecture by Liam Gillick which considers 1963 as the pivot for a consideration of projection, both social and political. The rise of insurgency and the consolidation of the scenario as a tool of political and financial control is combined with new models of the [...]
On Mar 1 in NYC, artist Zarina in conversation with Andreas Huyssen at the Guggenheim, on the occasion of her retrospective (“Zarina: Paper Like Skin”).
On Feb 28 in NYC, “1948: SKINNER AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION” a lecture by Liam Gillick examining conspiracy, behavioralism, post-war restructuring and the delusions around applied modernism, revealing the various counter measures, both intentional and structural, that shaped the post-war sense of self.
On February 26 in NYC, a lecture by curator Reem Fadda on “The Contemporary History of the UAE Arts Scene,” followed by a conversation with artist Mohammed Kazem at the Guggenheim. Watch the live webcast on ustream.tv/Guggenheim RSVP and see local viewing times on Facebook
On February 26 in NYC, “1820 ERASMUS AND UPHEAVAL,” a lecture by Liam Gillick addressing the immediate aftermath of the French and American revolutions, which leads to new models of work, life and social organization.
On February 28, in Boston, a panel discussion with David Joselit, Elisabeth Sussman, Haim Steinbach, Helen Molesworth, and Barbara Lee on This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
On Feb 13 in Waltham/Boston, “On the matter of abstraction…, An extended caption to figures A & B.” Artist Walead Beshty leads a lecture tour through his exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis.
On Feb 11 in Waltham/Boston, “On the matter of abstraction…, Introduction,” a lecture by artist Walead Beshty at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, exploring the origins of the modern picture.
On Feb 26 & 28, Mar 5 & 7 in NYC, “Creative Disruptions in the Age of Soft Revolutions,” a series of four lectures by Liam Gillick examining a particular genealogy of the modern period that offers a revised understanding of the origins of contemporary art and its analysis.
On February 10, in Boston, artist Deborah Bright on her work in This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
On February 1 in Waltham/Boston, “At Home in the Body,” an artist talk by Janine Antoni. Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University, Auditorium G03, 2pm.
On January 8 in LA, a talk by artist Lucy Raven in conjunction with the exhibition of her work at the Hammer Museum.
On December 16 in Brooklyn, an artist talk by Harmony Hammond at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
On December 8 in NYC, Ann Hamilton speaks about her installation, ‘the event of a thread,’ at Park Avenue Armory.
ArtisTalk: Katharina Sieverding M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Katharina Sieverding, in conversation with Lynette Roth, Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums 6:00pm – 8:00pm Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
On Dec 4 in NYC, a discussion beetween artist Liam Gillick, librarian and archivist Ann Butler, and property lawyer Britton Payne at the Drawing Center, in relation to the exhibition In Deed: Certificiates of Authenticity in Art (up through December 16).
On December 5 in Miami, art historian Jillian Hernandez and artist Rachel Lachowicz in dialogue. Wednesday, December 5 @ 11:30 am, PULSE Miami Lounge, 1400 N. Miami Ave.
On November 28 and 29 in Rotterdam, and streaming online, “I am For an Art Criticism That…”, a symposium on the use and influence of arts writing today.
On November 30 in Chicago, a symposium “On Steve McQueen,” featuring Stuart Corner, Darby English, Rachel Haidu, and Linda Norden.
On November 30 in NYC, opening reception and concert relating to the exhibition “Maja Bajevic: To Be Continued”, at the CUNY Graduate Center, James Gallery.
On November 30 in NYC, “The Status of Sound: Writing Histories of Sonic Art” at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring a roundtable discussion with Christopher Cox, Hampshire College; David Grubbs, Brooklyn College; Branden W. Joseph, Columbia University; Marina Rosenfeld, Artist.
On Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm, Room B04,Tyler School of Art’s Critical Dialogues series will be featuring Hans Haacke.
On December 2 in NYC, a keynote address by Claire Bishop at “Critical Information”, a conference hosted by the School of Visual Arts MFA in Art Criticism & Writing.
On November 28 in Boston, a lecture by Larry Shiner “Art’s Abject Other? Or the New Cool? Rethinking the Art/Craft Dichotomy ”
CFP for OCAD University Graduate Conference “TOO SOON: The Contemporary As Method.” March 14-15, 2013, in Toronto, ON. Submissions due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 30th.
On November 29 in Boston, a lecture by Dr. Stephen Little, “The Strange Tale of the Richard Lane Collection”
On November 18 in Boston, a gallery talk by art historian Claire Grace on This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s at the ICA.
On November 15 in Cambridge, Tomás Saraceno on a panel with Nader Tehran and Anton Garcia-Abril on “Moving Beyond Materiality” at MIT. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and seating is limited.
On Saturday, November 3: “What does accumulation do to us?” The Great Bare Mat & Exchange is a specially commissioned program of conversations at the Gardner Museum. The program consists of a set of four ‘exchanges’ in Calderwood Hall, each involving four speakers, with Raqs Media Collective as moderators. Saturday the four corners of the carpet [...]
On October 30, 2012, at 7pm, a film screening of “The Nine Muses” and discussion with British filmmakers John Akomfrah and Lina Gopaul and artist Renée Green. Free and open to the public with reserved tickets.
FRAMING AMERICAN ART Six leading scholars in the field of American Art History present their current research, discuss their methodologies, and interrogate the state of the field. November 10, 20102 Taylor 203 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Program 10:00 Welcome & Introductory Remarks 10:20 ERIKA DOSS, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame Memorial Mania: [...]
Reflecting on some of the unintended consequences of the successful campaign to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Belkin notes that the strategies he pursued required him to glorify both the military and American foreign policy more broadly, thus adding to the ever-increasing militarization of American culture and politics. Bring Me Men is his effort to [...]
Belkin, a scholar with more than a decade of hands-on experience in the repeal campaign, shares an insider’s perspective on the strategies that he and others used to foster the changes of mind — and heart – that led to Congressional repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The implications of Belkin’s tactics extend far beyond [...]
On October 25 in Boston, a discussion titled “What Does Intelligence Do For Us?” with Arani Bose, MD, Chris Bratton, Joan Jonas, and Valentine Talland, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Part of the Raqs Media Collective’s residency and The Great Bare Mat Exchange: A Carpet for Conversations. Tickets $5-$15.
On Wednesday, October 24, at 5:30pm Mignon Nixon (Courtauld) presents “Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam” at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Institute. Free, info here.
On Thursday, October 18, at 6pm James Casebere talks about his work at the Carpenter Center at Harvard. Free and info here.
On Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm, artist Kerry James Marshall in conversation with curator Susan Dackerman at Arthur Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA. Free, info here.
On October 16, in NYC, a conversation between Joshua Simon and economist Noam Yuran on the Subjectivity and Vitality of Things.
On October 17 in NYC, a Curator’s Perspective talk with Chus Martinez, dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, member of Core Agent Group, and associate curator at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Co-sponsored by Independent Curators International, at CUNY Humanities Center.
On October 11 in NYC, Wayne Koestenbaum, John Yau, and Megan Volpert reflect on the Metropolitan Museum exhibition “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” and Andy Warhol’s influence on the literary arts, at the CUNY Center for the Humanities.
On Saturday, October 6, 4pm, at The Cooper Union, an event of speeches and performances by Krzysztof Wodiczko, A.K. Burns, Doug Ashford, Gregory Sholette, Mary Walling Blackburn + Che Chen, Thom Donovan, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Naeem Mohaiemen, Marina Sitrin, and David Levi Strauss. Free with RSVP.
On October 11 in Boston, Katy Siegel will deliver a lecture on the question of “The Contemporary Masterpiece?” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Tickets $5-15.
On October 10 in NYC, Hito Steyerl and Nora Alter discuss “The Essay Film” at CUNY Center for the Humanities.
On October 4 in NYC, Donald Kuspit, Lowery Stokes Sims, Robert Cozzolino, and Sharon Tanenbaum discuss the impact of the work of Viola Frey on ceramic sculpture and figuration today, at the CUNY Center for the Humanities.
Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion 2012-2013 Lecture Series, “Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art,” presents “Rethinking Religion and Art” Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University Wednesday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall 765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor Campus map: http://www.bu.edu/maps/?id=1091
On October 6 in Philadelphia, Walead Beshty discusses his new work on counterfeiting.
On Thursday, October 18 at 6pm, Irving Sandler will present “From the Avant-Garde to the Post Avant-Garde” at Tyler School of Art.
On Wednesday, October 3, Tyler School of Art will host a lecture by Anthony Huberman, a distinguished curator based in New York.
On October 3 in Boston, a gallery talk by Nuit Banai. on “Ori Gersht: History Repeating” at MFA Boston.
GRADUATE STUDENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE SOCIETY OF CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORIANS (SCAH) Position Statement, Summer/Fall 2012 In the contemporary climate of escalating professional and market demands combined with the increasing instability of universities, museums, and the economy, what is the role of a Graduate Student Advocacy Committee? As universities seek to make the PhD more efficient [...]
On September 21-22, 2012, in Philadelphia, a two-day conference organized by the University of Pennsylvania and hosted at the Institute of Contemporary Art on “Animation Across the Disciplines” with presentations by Vivian Sobchack, Oliver Gaycken, Alexander Galloway, and many others. Free.
On September 20 in Boston, a discussion titled “Where Does Nostalgia Take Us?” with Svetlana Boym, Anne Hawley, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and David Wilson, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Part of the Raqs Media Collective’s residency and The Great Bare Mat Exchange: A Carpet for Conversations. Tickets $5-$15.
On September 28–29, in NYC, the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference, with addresses by Lucy Lippard (Sept 28) and Paul Chan (Sept 29).
On Monday, September 24, Jacques Ranciere will speak at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The event will take place in the Thompson Room at 6 pm.
The SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee has released a Position Statement addressing what they take to be the key issues going forward for (con)temporary art workers and scholars are, and how they hope to proceed. Read it on our website here, or download the PDF here.
On Saturday, September 22, Material and Immaterial Aspects of Color: A Dialogue among Artists, Conservators, Curators, and Scientists will take place at the Sackler Museum in Cambridge, MA. Organized by the Harvard Art Museums, this event includes an afternoon focus on modern and contemporary topics, with speakers Francesca Esmay and Harry Cooper.
Terry Smith releases a new book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, with a series of readings and conversations to follow in NYC, California, and Chicago.
On September 13, in Cambridge, MA, an opening reception for the exhibition “circa 1963,” (Aug 30-October 7), an exploration of ‘contemporaneity’ in the years of the Carpenter Center’s beginnings.
Starting September 6 in Portland, Oregon, the TBA:12 Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
From July 27 in NYC, Alison Klayman’s documentary “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” at the IFC Center. Director Alison Klayman in person on Fri-Sat, July 27-28 at 7:20 & 9:20, Sun July 29 at 3:15 & 5:15.
On July 28 in Ridgefield, CT, a “fair for knowledge” on “American Fauna” presented by Cabinet Magazine.
On July 26 & July 27 in Boston, a performance of Merce Cunningham’s How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run, with artist Q&A to follow.