ACT spring 2017 Monday Night Lecture Series: “Double Agents” with Jill Magid, Tania Bruguera, Pedro Reyes
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Above: Pedro Reyes, Drone Dove, 2013. Artist rendering. Courtesy of the artist.
Above: Pedro Reyes, Drone Dove, 2013. Artist rendering. Courtesy of the artist.

Wiesner Building
20 Ames Street, Lower Level
Cambridge, MA 02142

artworld agent, agent of social change
counter-intel, counter-aesthesis
insinuation, infiltration
artist, provocateur

What makes a double agent in art? What drives them? ACT’s spring 2017 Monday Night Lecture Series, “Double Agents,” invites three renowned artists whose respective works provoke and thrive in the tension between competing systems of power, production, and exhibition. At play in these discussions is the role of ethics in political art amidst shifting forms of governance, suppression, and repression.

February 13
Jill Magid
Jill Magid is a widely celebrated MIT alumna now based in New York City. Her dynamic practice is deeply interrogative, forging intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority.

March 13
Tania Bruguera
Co-hosted with Global Studies and Languages (GSL)
Tania Bruguera is an American-Cuban installation and performance artist and the current Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her practice and research explore the ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life and civic literacy.

April 24
Pedro Reyes
Based in Mexico City, Pedro Reyes joined MIT in 2016–17 as an ACT lecturer and the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at CAST. His practice is highly eclectic and socially minded: he produces sculptures, theatre, musical instruments, puppets, therapy sessions, graphic novels, and many other things to promote social and economic justice, particularly in Mexico.


ACT’s spring 2017 series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT Director, and coordinated with Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence, and Laura Knott, ACT Consulting Curator.

This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners and collaborators: The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) and MIT Global Studies and Languages.


MIT program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) spring 2017 Monday Night Lecture Series

February 6, 2017