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Art in Context (6-part Lecture Series): Topics in Contemporary Art - Understanding Art Today


Presented by Thomas Folland, PhD
Part 1, January 12: Introduction to Contemporary Art
Part 2, January 19: The Disappearing Object: Sculpture, Assemblage, Collage, and Installation
Part 3, January 26: “This is Not to Be Looked at”: Conceptual Art and New Media
*Part 3 begins at 11:15 AM
Part 4, February 2: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”: Relational Aesthetics

In 1992 if you entered the Andrea Rosen Gallery at a given time you would have been served a bowl of soup and encouraged to engage in dialogue with your fellow gallery-goers. At another exhibition site you might have been invited to relax in a space in which a random assortment of office furniture and couches was causally arranged with magazines spread about. Even less taxing, at a museum during this period—the nineties—you might have entered a bare room with only a mirrored ceiling that reflected any number of the room’s inhabitants, all sprawled out upon the floor gazing at their reflection from below. The subject of this lecture will center on an exhibition in1995 called “Traffic” in which the French curator Nicholas Bourriard decided to call this seemingly new approach to art, “relational aesthetics,” based on the premise that a new art movement had emerged, based on the idea of a viewer-oriented experiential encounter. Artists surveyed will include Vanessa Beecroft, Liam Gillick, Jorge Pardo, Maurizio Cattelan, Rikrit Tiravanija and Christine Hill. 
Part 5, February 9: Art without Borders: Global Vanguards
Part 6, February 16: Painting is Dead. Long Live Painting!

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium | Onsite Lecture

Individual lecture: Member or with paid museum admission $10 | General $13 

Online individual lectures: Member $5 | General $10 PURCHASE TICKETS

Recorded online screenings will be emailed to ticketholders one week after each onsite event. Please note that the online version is not live and will not be available for viewing on in-person event dates.

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons; Yinka Shonibare - Nelson's Ship in a Bottle 2010

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February 2, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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