Archive for April 13, 2008

ARCHIVE FEVER: About the Archive Broadly Percieved at the New York Public Library April 14th

Monday, April 14th, 7 p.m. NOTE: This event is SOLD OUT; standby tickets may be available at the door.

From the e-blast: ARCHIVE FEVER

A special symposia, where artists, curators, and critics discuss how archival documents are used to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss.

This program is presented in conjunction with the ICP exhibition “Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art.”

Special guests: Christian Boltanski; Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs, “Live from the NYPL”; Okwui Enwezor, Adjunct Curator at ICP; George E. Lewis; Luc Sante; and Lorna Simpson.

One of the most compelling issues explored by artists in recent years centers on the nature and meaning of the archive, that is, how we create, store, and circulate pictures and information.

Against the standard view of the archive which evokes a dim, musty place full of drawers and filing cabinets with historical artifacts or the dusty shelves of the library, an active archival impulse has emerged which engages the attention of contemporary artists and thinkers as a way of shaping and constructing the meaning of images.

Okwui Enwezor, curator of the exhibition Archive Fever—Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art at the International Center of Photography, will sit down with Paul Holdengräber to talk about the archival impulse at work in museums, libraries, and in various artistic practices. This inquiry will be followed by two conversations between first Christian Boltanski and Luc Sante, and then Lorna Simpson and George Lewis.

7:00 – 7:20 pm
Okwui Enwezor & Paul Holdengräber

7:20 – 8:00 pm
Christian Boltanski & Luc Sante

8:00 – 8:40 pm
Lorna Simpson & George Lewis

8:40 pm Q&A

This event is co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography.

About Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor is adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography and is curator of the current show at ICP, Archive Fever. Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been Visiting Professor in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has held teaching positions at Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Umea, Sweden. Enwezor was Artistic Director of Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002) and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1997). He is a recipient of the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism and the Peter Norton Curatorial Award.

About Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is one of France’s best-known artists of the postwar generation. Boltanski has developed a highly personal and often disconcerting oeuvre that challenges basic assumptions of what constitutes an artwork. Using media as diverse as newspaper clippings, used clothes, amateur snapshots, and flickering shadows, Boltanski forges an original universe in which he is frequently the central protagonist. Internationally exhibited, Boltanski has been the recipient of the Laureate of the Praemium Imperiale, 2006, for sculpture; the Kaiser ring, Monchhausmuseum Goslar, 2001; and the Kunstpreis, 2001, given by Nord/LB, Braunschweig, Germany.

About George Lewis

George Lewis serves as the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, and as the Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the Nation

Standby tickets may be available at the door.

Held at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library’s South Court Auditorium, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street; (212) 340-0849

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MVS Seminar at the Griffin Museum: Saturday April 19, 1-4 p.m.

I’m packing up in NYC (AIPAD was great – very interesting work, new dealers and more) and after a few days back in Tucson will head east again to give a 3-hour seminar next Saturday afternoon in Winchester, Massachusetts hosted by the Griffin Museum. Complete details on their website:

I hope to see many of you there!

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