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On October 30th in Boston Aaron Belkin on How We Won: Reflections on the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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 […]

“What Does Intelligence Do For Us?” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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.  

Mignon Nixon at Mahindra Humanities Institute

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.

James Casebere talk at Harvard

On Thursday, October 18, at 6pm James Casebere talks about his work at the Carpenter Center at Harvard. Free and info here.

Kerry James Marshall at Harvard Art Museum

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.

Joshua Simon and Noam Yuran

On October 16, in NYC, a conversation between Joshua Simon and economist Noam Yuran on the Subjectivity and Vitality of Things.

Curator’s Perspective talk with Chus Martinez

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.

Wayne Koestenbaum et. al., “Three Writers, Thirty Years”

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.

“A Riot is the Language of the Unheard” with Krzysztof Wodiczko, A.K. Burns, Doug Ashford, Gregory Sholette and others in NYC.

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.  

Katie Siegel on “The Contemporary Masterpiece?”

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.

Hito Steyerl and Nora Alter, “The Essay Film”

On October 10 in NYC, Hito Steyerl and Nora Alter discuss “The Essay Film” at CUNY Center for the Humanities.

Viola Frey: Making the Self

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.

On October 3 at BU Nicholas Wolterstorff on “Rethinking Religion and Art”

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

Walead Beshty on Counterfeiting at ICA Philadelphia

On October 6 in Philadelphia, Walead Beshty discusses his new work on counterfeiting.

Dr. Irving Sandler at Tyler School of Art, Temple University

On Thursday, October 18 at 6pm, Irving Sandler will present “From the Avant-Garde to the Post Avant-Garde” at Tyler School of Art.

Critical Dialogues: Anthony Huberman 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.

Nuit Banai lecture on Ori Gersht

On October 3 in Boston, a gallery talk by Nuit Banai. on “Ori Gersht: History Repeating” at MFA Boston.

SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee Position Statement

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 […]

Enchanted Drawing II: Animation Across the Disciplines

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.    

“Where Does Nostalgia Take Us?” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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.

Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference

On September 28–29, in NYC, the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference, with addresses by Lucy Lippard (Sept 28) and Paul Chan (Sept 29).

Jacques Ranciere, “Modernity Revisited”

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.

SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee Position Statement

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.

Material and Immaterial Aspects of Color: A Dialogue among Artists, Conservators, Curators, and Scientists

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.

Thinking Contemporary Curating: book & related events

Terry Smith releases a new book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, with a series of readings and conversations to follow in NYC, California, and Chicago.

“circa 1963”

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.  

TBA:12 Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, Oregon

Starting September 6 in Portland, Oregon, the TBA:12 Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.  

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” at IFC Center, NYC

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.

Cabinet Magazine’s “Fair for Knowledge: American Fauna”

On July 28 in Ridgefield, CT, a “fair for knowledge” on “American Fauna” presented by Cabinet Magazine.

Merce Cunningham’s How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run at the ICA Boston

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.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson Six: Anti-Entropy”

On April 24, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Six: ANTI-ENTROPY,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson Five: In Praise of Mistranslation”

On April 16, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Five: IN PRAISE OF MISTRANSLATION,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson Four: Practical Epistemology: Life in the Studio”

On April 10, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Four: PRACTICAL EPISTEMOLOGY: LIFE IN THE STUDIO,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson Three: Vertical Thinking: A Johannesburg Biography”

On April 3, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Three: VERTICAL THINKING: A JOHANNESBURG BIOGRAPHY,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson Two: A Brief History of Colonial Revolts”

On March 27, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson Two: A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLONIAL REVOLTS,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge, “Drawing Lesson One: In Praise of Shadows”

On March 20, in Cambridge, MA, “Drawing Lesson One: IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS,” by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge in Cambridge, MA

On March 20 & 27, April 3, 10, 16, & 24 in Cambridge, MA, a series of “Drawing Lessons” (2012 Norton Lectures) by artist William Kentridge.

Helen Molesworth lecture in Oregon

On March 6th in Eugene, Oregon, a lecture by Helen Molesworth.

Mining the Archive: New Paths for Latin American/Latino Art Research

In Houston on January 19th and 20th, Mining the Archive: New Paths for Latin American/Latino Art Research, a symposium with Alejandro Anreus, Roldán Esteva-Grillet, Ivonne Pini, Edward J. Sullivan and others.

Okwui Enwezor, Civitas, Citizenship, Civility: Art and the Civic Imagination

On January 12th in Berlin, a lecture by Okwui Enwezor: “Civitas, Citizenship, Civility: Art and the Civic Imagination” (moderator Horst Bredekamp).

Ursula Frohne, “Das Ende der Evidenz? Zeitgenössische Fotografie und Bildgeschichte”

On December 21st in Cologne, a lecture by Ursula Frohne: “Das Ende der Evidenz? Zeitgenössische Fotografie und Bildgeschichte.”

The Talkers: A Panel Moderated by Rochelle Feinstein

On December 6th at SVA, The Talkers: A Panel Moderated by Rochelle Feinstein. 

Sue Taylor, “Eva Hesse against the Grain”

On December 6th at Cranbrook, a lecture by Sue Taylor, “Eva Hesse against the Grain.”

Robin Kelsey at Mass Art

On December 6th in Boston, a lecture by Robin Kelsey.

POP? International Symposium on the Reception of Pop Art in Belgium (1960 – 1970)

On December 1st and 2nd in Brussels, POP? International Symposium on the Reception of Pop Art in Belgium (1960 – 1970), with keynotes by  Allen Jones, Marco Livingstone, Rogier Schumacher, Hans de Wolf, and Alexander Streitberg.

Miranda July and Julia Bryan-Wilson

On November 30th in San Francisco, Miranda July in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Jack Bankowsky at USC

On November 30th at USC, a talk by Jack Bankowsky.

Alexander Nemerov, Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov: A Resemblance

On November 21st at the INHA in Paris, a lecture by Alexander Nemerov: “Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov: A Resemblance.”

Fillip: Intangible Economies

On November 18th to 20th in Vancouver, Intangible Economies, with Monika Szewczyk, Olaf Nicolai, Jan Verwoert and others.

Martin Berger: Seeing Through Race

On November 17th in San Francisco, a lecture by Martin Berger.

Peter Schjeldahl: The Critic as Artist, in 2011 Is updating Oscar Wilde possible? It seems worth a try.

On November 17th at the New School, the AICA-USA Distinguished Critic lecture by Peter Schjeldahl: “The Critic as Artist, in 2011. Is updating Oscar Wilde possible? It seems worth a try.”

Laurel Nakadate: Say You Love Me

On November 17th at Harvard, a Laurel Nakadate lecture and panel with Deborah Bright, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and David Rodowick.

T. J. Clark: “The Experience of Defeat”

On November 17th in Venice, a lecture by T. J. Clark: “The Experience of Defeat.”

James Elkins: Farewell to Visual Studies

On November 15th in Chapel Hill, a lecture by James Elkins: “Farewell to Visual Studies.”

Peter Eleey: A Picture Held Us Captive

On November 14th at SVA, Peter Eleey: “A Picture Held Us Captive.”

Molly Nesbit and Sarat Maharaj: Global perspecives on the legacy of Marcel Duchamp

On November 12th in Stockholm, Molly Nesbit and Sarat Maharaj: Global perspecives on the legacy of Marcel Duchamp.

Is There (Anti)Neoliberal Architecture?

On November 11th and 12th in Graz, “Is There (Anti)Neoliberal Architecture?”

Marie Muracciole on Yto Barrada: Missing Histories

On November 10th in Brussels, a lecture by Marie Muracciole: “Des histoires qui manquent.”

Asian Contemporary Art in San Francisco

On November 9th to 12th in San Francisco, Trading Ideas: Emerging Discourses on Asian Contemporary Art and Making India Visible: Visual Culture and Modern Art in Contemporary India.

Mel Bochner and James Meyer at the National Gallery

On November 9th at the National Gallery, Mel Bochner and James Meyer in conversation.

Community Art and Pastoral Power

On November 8th at Art in General, Pascal Gielen: “Community Art and Pastoral Power.”

Artist-Endowed Foundations: An Emerging Force in Cultural Philanthropy

On November 8th in Cambridge: “Artist-Endowed Foundations: An Emerging Force in Cultural Philanthropy.”

Michael Lüthy, Lichtensteins Picassos: Kunstparaphrase und Bildreflexion

On November 8th in Zurich, a lecture by Michael Lüthy, “Lichtensteins Picassos: Kunstparaphrase und Bildreflexion.”

James Meyer and Mel Bochner at the National Gallery

On November 6th and 9th in Washington, a lecture and conversation with James Meyer and Mel Bochner.

See It Again, Say It Again

On November 6th in New York, a book launch for See It Again, Say It Again (cf. here).

Iain Baxter& with Hannah Feldman: Art by Telephone and Other Adventures in Conceptualism

On November 5th in Chicago, Iain Baxter& with Hannah Feldman: “Art by Telephone and Other Adventures in Conceptualism.” 

Le Futur du Passé: Asger Jorn Revisited

On November 5th in Oslo, Le Futur du Passé: Asger Jorn Revisited.

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface

On November 5th in La Jolla, a symposium on Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface with Michael Auping, Robin Clark, Stephanie Hanor, Adrian Kohn, Dawna Schuld, Tom Learner, and Andrew Perchuk.

Hal Foster in Oslo

On November 4th in Oslo, Hal Foster on the post-critical (Kunstkritikk).

In the Wake of the “Global Turn”: Propositions for an “Exploded” Art History without Borders

On November 4th and 5th in Williamstown, In the Wake of the “Global Turn”: Propositions for an “Exploded” Art History without Borders [program].

Gutai workshop at Harvard

On November 4th at Harvard, a Gutai workshop.

The Critical Edge of Curating

On November 4th at the Guggenheim, The Critical Edge of Curating, with Ute Meta Bauer, Tom Eccles, Tom Finkelpearl, Eungie Joo, Chus Martinez, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ralph Rugoff, Anton Vidokle and others.

Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research

On November 4th in Helsinki, a book launch for Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research.

Photographing the Future: Utopian Vision and Ansel Adams’s Fiat Lux

On November 4th at Berkeley, “Photographing the Future: Utopian Vision and Ansel Adams’s Fiat Lux“ with Julia Bryan-Wilson and Trevor Paglen [flyer].

Briony Fer: Newness and Oldness

On November 3rd in Leeds, a talk by Briony Fer on Lucy Skaer:  “Newness and Oldness.”

Reconsidering Site-Specificity

On November 3rd in Frankfurt, Reconsidering Site-Specificity (poster image), with Nikolaus Hirsch, Simon Starling, Mark Godfrey and others.

Darby English: Emmett Till in the Present Tense

On November 3rd in Los Angeles, a lecture by Darby English: “Emmett Till in the Present Tense.” 

Imagine – micro strategies and visions in contemporary art

On November 3rd in Aarhus, “Imagine – micro strategies and visions in contemporary art,” with among others Nicolas Bourriaud [pdf program].

George Baker on Paul Thek and Sharon Lockhart

On November 3rd, 7th and 10th in Oregon, three lectures by George Baker: “Paul Thek: Notes from the Underground” (twice) and “Photography’s Expanded Field: The Work of Sharon Lockhart.”

Jenni Sorkin: Ancient Modernisms

On November 2nd at the Art Institute of Chicago, a talk by Jenni Sorkin: “Ancient Modernisms.”

Walter Grasskamp, Ein Sommertag auf der Documenta 1 (1955)

On November 2nd in Munich, a lecture by Walter Grasskamp: “Ein Sommertag auf der Documenta 1 (1955).”

Dan Adler, Tainted Goods: Reflections on the Recent Sculpture of Geoffrey Farmer and Liz Magor

On November 1st in Toronto, Dan Adler: “Tainted Goods: Reflections on the Recent Sculpture of Geoffrey Farmer and Liz Magor.”

William Forsythe and Paul Chan with Helen Molesworth

On November 1st in Boston, William Forsythe and Paul Chan in conversation with Helen Molesworth.

Molly Nesbit: Gordon Matta-Clark in Italy

On November 1st in Boston, a lecture by Molly Nesbit: “Gordon Matta-Clark in Italy.”

The Future of Art: A Manual

On November 1st in Berlin, a book launch for Ingo Niermann, The Future of Art: A Manual.

Tino Sehgal in Conversation with Chris Dercon and Jessica Morgan

On October 31st at Tate Modern, Tino Sehgal in conversation with Chris Dercon and Jessica Morgan.

Radical Post-Modernism

On October 31st at the Architectural Association, a lecture and reception for Radical Post-Modernism, edited by Charles Jencks and FAT. 

Lars Bang Larsen: A History of Irritated Material. Psychedelic Concepts in Neo-Avant-Garde Art

On October 31 in Copenhagen, Lars Bang Larsen: A History of Irritated Material. Psychedelic Concepts in Neo-Avant-Garde Art.

The Politics of Camouflage in Artistic Practices from the 1970s

On October 28th at Columbia, The Politics of Camouflage in Artistic Practices from the 1970s, with Irene Small, Sergio Bessa, Michael Asbury, Nicolás Guagnini and Judith Rodenbeck,  moderated by Alexander Alberro.

Embodied Fantasies

On October 28th to 30th at the SVA, Embodied Fantasies.

Arts of the Planet

On October 27th to 30th in Pittsburgh, Arts of the Planet, with plenary speakers Terry Smith, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Paul D. ( DJ Spooky) Miller [program].

Hal Foster and Robert Slifkin in New York

On October 27th in New York, a conversation with Hal Foster and Robert Slifkin, introduced by Michael Ann Holly.

Abraham Cruzvillegas In Conversation with Mark Godfrey

On October 27th in Oxford, Abraham Cruzvillegas In Conversation with Mark Godfrey.

James Casebere in conversation with Hal Foster

On October 26th in New York, James Casebere in conversation with Hal Foster (DAP).

[Translate to english:] The Global Museum

On October 26th at the MMK Frankfurt, [Translate to english:] The Global Museum, with Penelope Curtis and Tobias Berger.

Modern Art and Women Curators in Los Angeles

On October 26th at the Getty, a conversation with Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer, moderated by Andrew Perchuk.

Jean-Louis Cohen in Saint Louis

On October 26th in Saint Louis, a lecture by Jean-Louis Cohen.

State of Emergence: A Documentation of the First NSK Citizens’ Congress

During the week of October 25th in Europe, promotional events for Alexei Monroe, ed., State of Emergence: A Documentation of the First NSK Citizens’ Congress [PDF sample].

Collage Culture

In October and November, a book tour for Aaron Rose and Mandy Kahn, Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century’s Identity Crisis.

Post-Discipline? Research and Contemporary Art

In fall 2011 at CUNY, a public research seminar: “Post-Discipline? Research and Contemporary Art.”