November 1, 2012

Maja BajevićTo Be Continued

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center
Maja Bajević, Slogans, 2011. Installation view from Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia. Courtesy of the artist.

Curator: Katherine Carl

What is the boiling point of language? When does it agitate and awaken listeners to spring into action? On the other hand, when is it just a lot of hot air—left to dissipate and lose meaning in a haze of absurd unfinished operations? A starting point for this exhibition is the archive that Bajević has collected of 149 slogans from 1911 to the present, which reflect the political, social and economic temperature of the time. In the James Gallery, the archive inhabits the physical space and the time of the exhibition as performers write slogans in dust on the windows and sing slogans in performances that take place at noted times during the run of the exhibition. The next chapter of the exhibition will be unveiled to the public in February of 2013.

Maja Bajević is a French-Bosnian artist. Her art takes varied forms and has been presented at Documenta (2007), the Venice and Istanbul Biennials (2003 and 2001 respectively), and Manifesta (2000). She has had solo exhibitions at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005); MoMA PS1, New York (2004).

Related Fall Events
All programs are free and open to the public.
All events will take place in the James Gallery unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, November 1–Wednesday, November 7, 1–6pm
To Be Continued/Performance

Friday, November 2, 1–4pm
To Be Continued/Concert

Friday, November 2, 6:30pm
The Art of Subtraction: Italian Art Since the 1960s
Carlos Basualdo, Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Romy Golan, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Gabriele Guercio, writer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2pm
City as Living Laboratory
David Chapin, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Cindi Katz, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Mary Miss, artist.

Friday, November 30, 4pm
The Status of Sound: Writing Histories of Sonic Art
Christoph Cox, Philosophy, Hampshire College; David Grubbs, Music and PIMA (Performance and Interactive Media Arts), Brooklyn College, CUNY; Branden W. Joseph, Art History, Columbia University; Marina Rosenfeld, Music/Sound, Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College.
Martin E. Segal Theatre

Friday, November 30, 1–4pm
To Be Continued/Concert

Tuesday, February 5, 6:30pm
Reading and Conversation
from the warring factions
Ammiel Alcalay, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Semezdin Mehmedinovic, poet.

Tuesday, February 5–Saturday, February 9, 1–6pm
To Be Continued/Performance

Wednesday, February 20, 1–4pm
To Be Continued/Concert

Thursday, February 21, 6:30pm
The Topos of the Earth: Telescopic and Stereoscopic Visions
Reza Negarestari, philosopher and writer.

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 will remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings will 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, was founded in 1993 as a forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy.

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