SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents the artist-led lecture series Subjective Histories of Sculpture. This program, initiated in 2006, furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture, its history, legacies, and potential for innovation.
This year, Martin Kersels, Agnieszka Kurant, and Allison Smith have been invited to present their own take on art history and consider the thematic focus of Thingness. Utilizing sculpture as a point of departure and source of inspiration, they explore the material conditions of our lives. Engaging with a rich collection of social, cultural and political associations, these artists consider the body as a performative object, study objects to explore the construction of identity, and negotiate the tension and translation between material and immaterial experience. Citing specific works, bodies of work, texts, and personal anecdotes taken from inside and outside cultural production, and inside and outside "art," these subjective, incomplete, partial, or otherwise eclectic histories question assumptions and propose alternative methods for understanding sculpture's evolving strategies.
Agnieszka Kurant’s practice can be categorized under a conceptual
aesthetic, investigating both visible and imagined dualities that have
influenced social, economic and political systems of the contemporary world.
She often engages in collaboration with professionals or experts in diverse
disciplines—often scientists, inventors, or journalists--and seeks to explore
gaps in logic that confuse and inform our understanding of real and fictitious
realities. Her projects take interest in virtual capital, imaginary property,
immaterial labor, hybrid authorship, as well as the politicized value and
status of objects.
Born in 1978, Agnieszka Kurant is a Polish artist based in Warsaw, currently residing in New York. She represented Poland at the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with the architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska). Kurant has also participated in numerous international group and solo exhibitions at the Witte de With, Rotterdam; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta; and the 2009 Performa Biennial, New York, among others. Kurant was also selected as the artist in residence at Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2004; ISCP, New York in 2005; and at the Paul Klee Center (Sommerakademie) in Bern in 2009.
*Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2011-2013 focus theme “Thingness.”
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