This Monday evening, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present “Pablo León de la Barra in Conversation with Carla Stellweg,” our second entry in this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series.
This conversation will cover the making of the exhibition, as well as Mr. León de la Barra’s idiosyncratic and peripatetic career that paved the way to the Guggenheim Museum’s initiative to include the art from Latin America in their permanent collection. Among the topics under consideration is Mr. León de la Barra’s unique combination of his architectural background with art making, and how this opens up surprising new exhibition models in spaces that are beyond convention.
“Pablo León de la Barra in Conversation with Carla Stellweg” will take place at SVA this Monday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm in Room 101C at 133 West 21 Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Recently, I wrote about a review of Under the Same Sun by VCS alumna Lucia Hinojosa that was published in the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail. If you haven’t already seen it, you can find it here.
This Friday and Saturday (September 19-20), Pratt Institute will host the two-day symposium “Questioning Aesthetics” in partnership with SVA’s Art History and Visual & Critical Studies programs. The SVA events calendar contains the following information about the event:
A two-day symposium exploring new transdisciplinary research in aesthetics and celebrating the launch of the six-volume Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, second edition (Oxford University Press). Presented by SVA Art History and BFA Visual and Critical Studies in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute; The Center for Jazz Studies and The Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music at Columbia University; and Oxford University Press.
During the symposium, VCS department chair Tom Huhn will participate in the panel discussion “Participatory Aesthetics, Art, and Social Practice” on Saturday the 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 am, along with chair Catherine Soussloff (University of British Columbia) and panelists Michael Kelly (UNC Charlotte) and Mel Chin (North Carolina).
You can find a complete schedule of the symposium’s events at the Pratt Institute website.
“Questioning Aesthetics” takes place this Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th in Room 307 of the Engineering Building at Pratt institute, located at 200 Willoughby Avenue in Brooklyn, New York (click here for a map and directions)
Here is a quote from the opening paragraphs of Lucia’s review:
Traditional notions of cultural identity—once determined by territorial borders and isolated means of communication—have been replaced by a global commonality, affecting the development of creative strategies and disparate cultural languages. This phenomenon has reached a distinct crescendo in Latin America, unfolding parallel to intellectual and artistic discourse. Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, now on view at the Guggenheim, is a significant exhibition composed of many ideological hues, presented through a perceptive and highly curated lens. The impact of the socio-economic configuration on the creative development of the region is revealed through the artworks, and should be taken into consideration when experiencing the exhibition. Placing these myriad works in dialogue serves to intensify the distinctive social and political power dynamics that are at play, which are also compromised by the massive political import an institution such as the Guggenheim imposes on the works displayed.
Mexican curator Pablo León de la Barra travelled for over a year around Latin America, visiting artists in their studios and collectives. Selecting artworks for the show could not have been an easy task, especially given the curator’s objective of presenting unique conceptual content and creative strategies within a region composed of over 15 countries. The exhibition presents works spanning many generations, from the 1960s to the present. Established artists such as Juan Downey, Alfredo Jaar, and Gabriel Orozco share the space with emerging artists like Amalia Pica and Adriano Acosta.
Lucia then moves on to consider the challenges inherent in a curating a broad, region-spanning show of this type, and discusses and analyzes several of the artworks included. You can read the rest of the review at The Brooklyn Rail.
One last note: this month’s Brooklyn Rail also includes an essay by VCS faculty member Kara Rooney, who served as guest art editor. I’ll return in a couple days with a post about Kara’s editorial and some of other writings that she brought together for the issue.
Today’s post presents a calendar of the remaining VCS-sponsored events in the Fall 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series at SVA. This semester, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present a total of five lectures and panel discussions as part of the series (including last Monday’s talk on Isamu Noguchi). Here’s a description of the events still to come; all will be free and open to the public:
Last June, 2014 after an intense traveling schedule visiting over 16 countries in Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra inaugurated UNDER THE SAME SUN: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA TODAY, an exhibition of over 50 works that closes on October 1, 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
This conversation will cover the making of the exhibition as well as Mr. León de la Barra’s idiosyncratic and peripatetic career that paved the way to the Guggenheim Museum’s initiative to include the art from Latin America in their permanent collection. Among the topics under consideration is Mr. León de la Barra’s unique combination of his architectural background with art making, and how this opens up surprising new exhibition models in spaces that are beyond convention.
Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:30pm Galia Solomonoff
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C
A talk by Galia Solomonoff, founder and creative director of the Solomonoff Architecture Studio. (Further details TBA)
Panelists: Ryan Steadman; Walter Robinson; Stefan Simchowitz Moderator:Amy Wilson
Abstraction has gone through numerous styles and changes since Kandinsky first practiced it over a century ago. Today, abstract art is hotter than it has been in years, capturing not only the attention of young artists but of the marketplace as well. In this panel, we will discuss the newest iterations of non-objective art and the trends that have emerged in that field. Why is there a resurgence of interest in abstraction, and why are collectors so captivated by it?
I will post more details here about each of these events as it approaches.
In addition to the VCS-sponsored talks listed above, this semester’s lecture series will include 22 other lectures and panels sponsored by the MFA Art Practice, MPS Digital Photography, BFA Fine Arts, MFA Fine Arts, and BFA Photography Departments. To keep up on of all of the entries in the Fall 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series, visit this page on the SVA website.
Here’s a brief message from VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn announcing the return of the monthly VCS Chair Readings series and presenting this month’s entry, which he also wrote:
September marks the return of the monthly Chair Reading mailing. I’m happy to share my short review of the current Jeff Koons exhibition at the Whitney Museum in NYC. Regardless what one makes of Koons’s work, the fact that it circulates so prominently around us makes it an ideal candidate for reflecting on what it might signal about us.
This month’s chair reading is available for download as a PDF from this link. You can also find the previous entries in the Chair Readings series at Tom’s website.