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April 3, 2013

After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center
Photograph taken by Alexandre Kojève during his travels through Iran in 1965. Courtesy Bibliothèque nationale de France. © Nina Kousnetzoff.

Curator: Boris Groys

The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, CUNY announces the conceptual and experimental exhibition guest curated by Boris Groys, After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer. The exhibition presents the photographs, collected postcards, and hand-drawn itineraries of the French-Russian philosopher Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) to compose a visual exposition of his philosophy. Kojève’s lectures on Hegel in Paris before World War II deeply influenced critical thinkers of the post-World War II generation, and among his students were Jacques Lacan and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. He expressed in his writings on post-history that a commitment to certain aesthetic attitudes has replaced the more traditional “historic” commitment to the truth. Groys asserts that discourses of biopolitics put forward by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Gilles Deleuze are indebted to Kojève’s work. The project presents the philosopher’s world view in the tumultuous postwar era as colonial history was being played out between the West and the so-called “Third World.” Made in collaboration with BAK Utrecht, the Netherlands, The James Gallery is the only US venue for the exhibition.

Exhibition programming
All events are free and open to the public.

Panel: “Pixelated Politics: Still & Moving Images in the Digital Age”
Tuesday, April 9, 6pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre

Miriam Ghani, artist and writer; Lev Manovich, Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Nicholas Mirzoeff, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University; Natalie Musteata, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Christiane Paul, Media Studies, The New School, and New Media Arts at The Whitney Museum of American Art; McKenzie Wark, Culture and Media, The New School.

Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Art History and the Certificate Program in Film Studies.


Roundtable: “Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education”
Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm
Room 9206

Mary Walling Blackburn, Anhoek School; Jen Messier and Jonathan Soma, Brooklyn Brainery; Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Abby Kluchin, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Haley Mellin, Bruce High Quality Foundation University; Mark Allen, Machine Project; J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane; Michael Mandiberg, New York Arts Practicum; Jon Santiago, NYC Resistor; Occupy University; Nova Benway & Taeyoon Choi, The Public School; Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, School of Missing Studies; Carla Herrera-Prats, SOMA Summer; Caroline Woolard, TradeSchool.coop. Moderated by Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Cosponsored by [email protected]
Conference: “Hegel in and out of Russia”
Friday, April 12–Saturday April 13, all day
Martin E. Segal Theatre; Saturday’s events will take place at New York University. See website for conference details.

Keynote: Boris Groys, Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University.

Cosponsored by the Jordan Center for Russian Studies at New York University and the Andrew W. Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change.
Conversation: “Inventive Methods: Data, Calculation, and Bodies”
Friday, April 19, 6pm
Room C197

Celia Lury, Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick; Chris Salter, artist.

Cosponsored by the Life of Things Seminar in the Humanities.
Panel: “Modernism in Late Socialist Art and Architecture”
Friday, April 26, 6:30pm
Room C198

Andrew Herscher, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan; Ana Janevski, Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, Vladimir Kulić, Architecture, Florida Atlantic University; Reinhold Martin, Architecture, Columbia University; Fabio Mattioli, Anthroplogy, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Ana Miljački, Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Nadia Peručić, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, architect; Jonah Westerman, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Cosponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.
Seminar: “Alexandre Kojève”
Monday, April 29, 12pm
The James Gallery

Stanley Aronowitz, Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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