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.
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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