6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Geyer will personify the archetypical (male) scholar of anthropology, speaking from the immanently authoritative position of academia and drawing authority from citing a canon of academic authors. The subject matter of her speech is the construction of a false memory of Native American culture, through ethnographic research and, more generally, the process of acquiring knowledge and its intertwinement with power and oppression. Geyer’s talk will be accompanied by slide projections of photographs taken by the artist at Chaco Canyon, an epicenter of cultural life in North America pre-1300. Spiral Lands/Chapter 2 considers the way in which science and the quest for knowledge oppresses the identity of their very subjects.Born in Germany, Geyer has been living and working in New York City since 1996. Her work has recently focused on the construction of national identity, its perception, and its historical foundations in their relation to its actual “use value” (from the perspective of the citizen, as well as the state). After studying Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Braunschweig, and Photojournalism at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, she went on to attend the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. From 2006-7 she was a Fellow of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Solo exhibitions of Geyer’s work have been presented at Secession, Vienna (catalogue); Kunstverein St. Gallen im Katharinen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Esbjerg, Denmark (with Katya Sander); Galerie Böttcher, Berlin; Plattform, Berlin (with Sharon Hayes); Parlour Projects, New York; LaPanaderia, Mexico City; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, and Project Space (with Sharon Hayes).Spiral Lands/Chapter 2 is being presented in connection with the exhibition “OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding,” on view at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design from October 16, 2008 to February 1, 2009.

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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For more information on the event, please contact the Vera List Center at (212) 229-2436.