Conference Program

Thursday, February 12, 2015

1:00 –3:00 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, David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University

3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Session 2: Activist Art

Ricardo Dominguez, artist, cofounder, 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, the School for Creative Activism and codirects the Center for Artistic Activism

6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Session 3: What’s So Threatening about Art?

Peter Schjeldahl, staff writer and art critic, The New Yorker

Friday, February 13, 2015

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Session 4: The Potency of Art

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

1:00-2:30 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

3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session 6: Who Does the Policing? What is the Role of Self-Censorship?

Jeffrey Deitch, American art dealer and curator who served, between 2010 and 2013, as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University (unconfirmed) Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestine Museum; former Director, Sharjah Art Foundation
(unconfirmed) 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)

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