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March 26, 2014

A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center
Entrance to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Photo: Technical Assistant, Museum of American Art, Berlin.

Curators: Walter Benjamin, Katherine Carl, Florence Ostende

The Museum of American Art, Berlin, and The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, are both concerned with the histories of museums as well as the varieties of paths to knowledge. Exhibiting artifacts that cross history, art, anthropology, and literature, the museums inherently question those disciplines: The Museum of American Art’s activities engage with specific chapters from the history of modern art, and The Museum of Jurassic Technology holds a specialized repository of relics and artifacts evoking some of the more obscure and poetic aspects of natural history and the history of technology and science. A mix of objects from their collections as well as outside materials present an alternate, ethnographic study of human artistry and ingenuity.

The exhibition is presented in the framework of ART2, which is an international platform on contemporary art, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US in collaboration with the New York presenters Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

Exhibition programming
All events are free, open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are ADA accessible.

Friday, April 4, all day
Symposium: “Setting as Spatial Strategy”
Room C198

Katherine Carl, The James Gallery/The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Géraldine Gourbe, Aesthetics, École Supérieure d’Art de l’Agglomération d’Annecy; Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, artists; Patricia Mainardi, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Christian Philipp Müller, School of Art and Design, Kassel; Natalie Hope O’Donnell, Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies; Florence Ostende,Dallas Contemporary; Technical Assistant, Museum of American Art, Berlin; Margarita Tupitsyn, writer and curator; Arseniy Zhilyaev, artist.

The symposium is presented in the framework of ART2, which is an international Platform on Contemporary Art, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in collaboration with the New York presenters  Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

 

Monday, April 7, all day
Symposium: “Exhibit A: Authorship on Display”
The Skylight Room (9100)
Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Art History and the Doctoral Students’ Council.

Ian Berry, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College; Claire Bishop, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Carol Bove, artist; Caitlin Burkart, writer and curator; Lynne Cooke, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art; Boris Groys, Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University; Chelsea Haines, PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Lucy Hunter, PhD program in Art History, Yale University; Grant Johnson, PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; David Joselit, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Lewis Kachur, Art History, Kean University; Josh Kline, artist and curator; Natalie Musteata, PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Florence Ostende,Dallas Contemporary; João Ribas, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art; Pietro Rigolo, Getty Research Institute; Dieter Roelstraete, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 6:30pm
Lecture: “From Topos to Virus: A Media Archaeology of Networked Visual Culture”
The James Gallery
Erkki Huhtamo, Design Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Monday, April 14, 5pm
Gallery tour: The Present Past
The James Gallery
Grant Johnson, PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Tuesday, April 22, 4pm
Gallery tour: What Makes a Museum?
The James Gallery
Chelsea Haines, PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30pm
Lecture: “Two Museums”
The James Gallery
Walter Benjamin, philosopher and writer

 

Friday, April 25, 6:30pm
Conversation: “Law, Images, and Information”
Martin E. Segal Theatre
Cosponsored Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Images and Information

Nate Harrison, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Just Info; Ruthann Robson, CUNY School of Law; Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Art & Law Program, Fordham Law School; Diala Shamas, CUNY School of Law.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 6:30pm
Conversation: “The Datalogical Turn”
The James Gallery
Cosponsored by the Film Studies Working Group: Moving Images in Theory and Practice and The Film Studies Certificate Program

Patricia Ticineto Clough, Sociology and Women’s Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Karen Gregory, PhD program in Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Benjamin Haber, PhD program in Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Josh Scannell, PhD program in Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Friday, May 9, 6:30pm
Screening and conversation
The Skylight Room (9100)
Renzo Martens, Institute for Human Activities
Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change and the PhD Program in Art History

 

The Amie and Tony James Gallery joins the Center for the Humanities’ mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the James Gallery brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through a number of innovative formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. As a space for interdisciplinary artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.

The Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY encourages collaborative and creative work in the Humanities at CUNY and in the intellectual communities it serves through seminars, conferences, publications and exhibitions that inspire sustained and engaged conversation and change inside and outside the academy.

For more information
Jennifer Wilkinson, T +1 212 817 2020 / [email protected]

 


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