Announcing the Spring 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series, and a talk with street artist ESSAM this Tuesday, January 28th

A piece by ESSAM, via the SVA event overview for his upcoming talk.

This Tuesday, January 28th, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present “ESSAM in Conversation with Svetlana Mintecheva,” our first entry in this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series. Here’s a description from the event announcement on the VCS website:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:30 pm
ESSAM in Conversation with Svetlana Mintecheva
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

In November 2012 ESSAM was arrested and criminally charged for substituting advertising from Van Wagner phone booth displays with his own mock NYPD PSAs warning about NYPD drone activity. ESSAM and Svetlana Mintcheva, founding director of the Arts Advocacy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship, will talk about art in the street versus art in the museum, about neo-liberal regulations of public space, and about the relationship between the artist’s mission and the constraints of the law. They will also discuss privacy and surveillance and the shift from censorship as government suppression to censorship through regulation.

AIFP Spring 2014

Art in the First Person is an ongoing series of events at SVA in which artists, curators, writers, historians, and critics speak on a wide range of topics. This semester, VCS is sponsoring four talks as part of the series. Here are descriptions of the other three:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
Terence Gower in Conversation with Claire Bishop
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

SVA’s faculty Carla Stellweg will introduce a discussion between the artist Terence Gower and writer Claire Bishop. Bishop has recently been investigating the incorporation of archival display in art installations, along with artists’ recurring interest in post-war architecture and urbanism—two subjects at the center of Gower’s work. Gower will begin the conversation with a presentation of his recent large-scale installations, including Public Spirit (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC) and Baghdad Case Study (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin). Gower and Bishop have recently been discussing the archive and retrospectivity in the visual arts, and this evening will be an opportunity to bring this conversation to the public, using the presented works as a reference.

Terence Gower is an artist based in New York and Mexico City. He works on the relationship between form and ideology in post-war art, architecture, and urbanism. He has shown his installations, videos, and sculpture work at museums, galleries and public sites all over North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a strong presence in Mexico. Two monographs have been published on Gower’s work: Display Architecture: Terence Gower Pavilions (Navado Press, Berlin/Trieste), and Ciudad Moderna: Terence Gower Videos (A&R/Turner, Mexico City).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:00 pm
Tatiana Flores
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Drawing on research from a forthcoming book chapter on Latin American avant-garde movements of the 1920s, this presentation delves into the distinctive features that differentiate Latin American modernism from its European and U.S. American counterparts. Rather than allowing Europe to set the standard, Latin American artists took an active role in framing their own avant-gardes’ agendas, focusing on such issues as conceptualizing modernity, achieving artistic autonomy, and promoting social justice. To appreciate the complexity of their practice, it is crucial to recognize Latin American modern art as intensely networked and developing through dialogues between visual artists, writers, and other intellectuals.

Tatiana Flores is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a joint appointment in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. She is the author of Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30! (Yale University Press, 2013). A specialist in modern and contemporary Latin American art, she is also active as an independent curator.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 pm
Leslie Hewitt
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Artist Leslie Hewitt discusses the development of her practice and recent collaborations.

As always, all of these lectures will be free and open to the public. I will post additional details about each as it approaches.

In addition to the VCS-sponsored talks listed above, this semester’s lecture series will include 23 other events sponsored by the MPS Digital Photography, MFA Fine Arts, and MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media Departments. For a complete list of all of the entries in the Spring 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series, visit this page on the SVA website.

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