September 27, 2016

29th Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture by Carrie Lambert-Beatty: “Some Things to Know: Parafiction and Climate Change”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Carrie Lambert-Beatty. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Wax, hair, and bone. Stone, ice, and lead. These are some of the materials in the artworks Carrie Lambert-Beatty discusses in her Hilla Rebay Lecture; so are assumptions and revisions, belief and doubt. The subject is parafiction, her term for artistic reality experiments that encourage viewers to practice a range of belief states the way musicians practice scales. The background is a historic cultural shift, from a time when skepticism of official truth claims was intrinsic to progressive politics, to one when widespread cynicism and manufactured doubt threaten both democracy and the planet itself. Lambert-Beatty draws on parafictional works by artists such as Iris Häussler, Walid Raad, Dario Robleto, and the Yes Men in this exploration of contemporary art and the new knowledge politics. The free program concludes with a reception.

Author of the prize-winning book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s, Carrie Lambert-Beatty is an editor of October magazine and a professor in the history of art and architecture department and the department of film and visual studies at Harvard University.

This event is free. Doors open at 6pm and the lecture begins at 6:30pm.

Admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For updates about the program, RSVP here

Enter via the ramp at 88th St. and 5th Ave.

The Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture brings distinguished scholars to the Guggenheim Museum to examine significant issues in the theory, criticism, and history of art. In 2014, Darby English, then Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute delivered “Local Color Circa 1971.” Other previous lecturers include Linda Nochlin (1988), Timothy J. Clark (1999), Thomas Crow (2003), Briony Fer (2008), and Tom McDonough (2012).

This annual program is made possible by The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.


Carrie Lambert-Beatty lecture: "Some Things to Know: Parafiction and Climate Change" at the Guggenheim Museum

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