The Fear of Art conference program

Thursday, February 12, 2015

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Session 1: Reflections on Art Censorship and Banning (a panel)

A. “Degenerate Art” in Nazi Germany
Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg; curator, “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” exhibition at the Neue Galerie, March 13–June 30, 2014

B. Artist as Collaborator with Totalitarian Regimes
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Director of the Art History Program, Deputy Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center

C. Banning, Censorship, Defamation, and Destruction
David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University

2:00-3:30 p.m. 
Session 2: Activist Art

Ricardo Dominguez, artist, co-founder, the Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT); Associate Professor of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego
Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University; co-founder, School for Creative Activism; Co-director, Center for Artistic Activism

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Session 3: The Potency of Art

Holland Cotter, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, the New York Times
Paul Chan, artist
Moderator: Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School for Public Engagement

6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Session 4: 
The Censorship of Artists: Artists in Prison, Artists in Exile

Video interview with Ai Weiwei, Chinese contemporary artist and political activist, followed by a panel discussion (made possible with additional support from Agnes Gund)

Friday, February 13, 2015

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Session 5: Artists at Risk/Artists in Exile

Shirin Neshat, Iranian visual artist and filmmaker
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestine Museum; former Director, Sharjah Art Foundation

1:45-3:15 p.m. 

Tour of Site-Specific Works from The New School Art Collection
Begins in the Orozco Room at 66 West 12th Street, 7th floor

Works include Jose Clemente Orozco's historic 1931 New School mural cycle, “A Call to Revolution and Table of Universal Brotherhood” as well as other installations throughout the university's public spaces by Camilo Egas, Alfredo Jaar, Sol Le Witt, Dave Muller, Martin Puryear, Michael van Valkenburgh, Brian Tolle, and Kara Walker.

Silvia Rocciolo, Curator, The New School Art Collection

3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Session 6: Who Does the Policing? What Is the Role of Self-Censorship?

Jeffrey Deitch, American art dealer and curator who served as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) between 2010 and 2013
Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University 
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestine Museum; former Director, Sharjah Art Foundation
Lisa Phillips, Director, The New Museum
Moderator: Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs, National Coalition Against Censorship; co-editor, Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression (The New Press, 2006)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 7: Art as Political Protest

Conversation with Katia Samutsevich of Pussy Riot, who supports LGBT rights and is starting a foundation for feminist artists. She is joined by another member of the group. 

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