March 8, 2014

Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Seminar

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue (still), 2013. Color video with sound, 13 minutes. Courtesy the artist, Silex Films and kamel mennour, Paris. © ADAGP Camille Henrot.

This spring, the Cooper Union School of Art presents a series of critical lectures and discussions that frame some of the significant debates driving contemporary art. Speakers include artists, writers, designers and curators currently engaged in a wide range of practices from within and outside traditional definitions of art. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, international perspectives, and scholarship across multiple fields. The seminar is intended as a rigorous forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.


Suhail Malik
“What we Owe Ourselves: Art as a Political Object of Debt.”
Monday, February 24, 7pm
Critic, theorist, and Program Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London, Malik writes on political economy, the market, and critical conditions of contemporary art.

Henry Taylor
Monday, March 3, 7pm
A Los Angeles-based artist, Taylor discusses his recent work. Populated with African-American subjects, the paintings display a fluid exchange between history and the present, the personal and popular culture, activating multiple emotional and psychological levels.

Fred Lonidier
Monday, March 10, 7pm
Artist and activist Lonidier discusses works ranging from over a 40-year career—a practice exploring a number of socially critical issues through documentary photography and archival materials. Lonidier appears in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, with a concurrent exhibition at Maxwell Graham Fine Arts.

Prem Krishnamurthy
Monday, March 31, 7pm
Graphic designer and curator Krishnamurthy discusses his work with Project Projects, acclaimed for their conceptual and progressive approach to visual form, deeply rooted in contemporary cultural discourse. His diverse body of work includes artist books, catalogs, institutional identity systems, websites, exhibition design, and signage.

Jacolby Satterwhite
Monday, April 7, 7pm
The artist discusses his recent work that combines video, 3-D animation, electronic devices, and elaborate costumes with dance performance. His work invokes imagined worlds while confronting issues related to gender politics, and digital life. He is featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Mick Taussig
Monday, April 14, 7pm
One of the most innovative, distinguished, and socially engaged voices in cultural anthropology. An interdisciplinary thinker and engaging writer, his work combines aspects of ethnography, storytelling, and social theory. He is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.

Jan Verwoert
Monday, April 21, 7pm
Berlin-based, internationally renowned art critic and sometimes curator Verwoert contributes regularly to numerous publications. A second anthology of his writings, Cookie, has recently been published by Piet Zwart Institute/Sternberg Press.

Camille Henrot
May 12, 7pm
French artist living between Paris and New York best known for her video and animated films, Henrot discusses her recent work, which incorporates sculpture, drawing, and photography, combining anthropological research with contemporary artifacts. She won the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and her solo exhibition opens at the New Museum on May 7.

Talks are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive at least ten minutes prior.

The Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

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