Thursday, May 16, 2013

Art/Politics Talk at the New School



May 17 at The New School's Tishman Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

2:30-4pm Call & Response III: The Political Aesthetic
The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed an explosion in the number of publications, conferences and exhibitions devoted to defining and assessing socially and politically engaged creative practices. Is “the political” as a driving force in art making here to stay as we grapple with its changed meaning in light of the 2011 global protests?
Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
Julie Mehretu, artist, New York
Joao Ribas, Curator, MIT List Center
Martha Rosler, artist, Vera List Center Advisory Committee member, New York
Moderated by David Joselit, Professor, Art History, Yale University.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Talk at CCS Bard


May 13, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CCS Bard, Seminar Room 1

What is it that makes today’s solo exhibitions so different, so appealing? 

The solo exhibition is conspicuously overlooked in the voluminous
literature on curatorial practice and the historiography of exhibitions. 
This even though it plays a significant role in forming the conventions 
of exhibition making since the 18th century. What accounts for this 
repressed in curatorial discourse, as opposed to the group or thematic 
exhibition, or the events of biennials and international surveys? 
What issues, both practical and ideational, logistical and methodological, 
is the solo exhibition explicitly concerned with? How might a genealogy of the 
solo exhibition propose the relevance and scope of this typology today?

João Ribas (b. 1979, Braga, Portugal) is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts 
Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously Curator at 
The Drawing Center, in New York. 

His recent exhibitions include 
In the Holocene, an exhibition on art and speculation spanning from 
the 19th to the 21st centuries, and exhibitions of the work of Amalia Pica, 
Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, Cheyney Thompson, The Otolith Group, 
Stan VanDerBeek, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Matt Mullican, among others. He has been a contributor to numerous publications including, Contemporary Art:
From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art (CCS Bard, forthcoming). His recent publications include Cheyney Thompson 
(Walter Koenig); Otto Piene: Lichtballett 
(MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT, 2010). He is the winner of four consecutive 
AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition 
Award (2010). 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Amalia Pica catalog now available

This volume accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Argentinean-born, London-based artist Amalia Pica (born 1978). Pica explores metaphor, communication and civic participation through drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, slide projections, live performances and installations. Using simple materials such as photocopies, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, bunting and cardboard, Pica creates work that is both formally beautiful and conceptually rigorous. Pica is particularly interested in the limits and failures of language and human communication, and the ways in which thought translates to action, idea to object. Her work is optimistic in its reflection of moments of shared experience, often incorporating signifiers of celebration and communal gatherings such as fiesta lights, flags and banners, and confetti. 

Amalia Pica is the fourth volume in MCA Chicago's MCA Monographs series and features essays by writer Ana Teixeira Pinto and writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr as well as an interview with the artist and exhibition co-organizers MIT List Curator João Ribas and MCA Pamela Alper Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn, Paul Ha. Text by Ana Teixeira Pinto, Tirdad Zolghadr. Interview by João Ribas, Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Paperback, 112 pages, 8" x 10", Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2013. 

The exhibition Amalia Pica is presented at the MCA Apr 27-Aug 11, 2013. Learn more.