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Live Stream Schedule

Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies Lecture
Speaker: David Saunders, British Museum

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Whitney Davis
Title: The Dancer and the Dance; or, The Projection and the Projected

Abstract: Writing in the English language in New York City in 1897 and 1943 respectively, the anthropologists Franz Boas (born in 1858 in Minden, Westphalia) and Claude Lévi-Strauss (born in 1908 in Brussels, Belgium) – both later identified with sustained, powerful, and politically influential critiques of racialism in general anthropology and in American and United Nations public policies – stated fundamental principles of their ‘art histories’ in bravura (and highly tendentious) readings of the languages, visual cultures, and performance traditions of the indigenous peoples of the ‘North Pacific’ coast of present-day British Columbia, especially of the Kwakwakw’wakw people (‘Kwakiutl’) and their mask-dancing ceremonies (partly suppressed in Canadian outlaw of the potlach). This lecture examines the multilingual exchanges and inter-translations in question as the determinative context for two of the most influential proposals about the very nature of the ‘languages of art’, widely applied throughout world art history – Boas’s theory of projection and Lévi-Strauss’s ‘structuralist’ method.

The live stream schedule is subject to change.

Recent Broadcasts

February 12, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Rachel Rose

Abstract: Rachel Rose (b. 1986) is among the foremost artists working with and in video today. Guided by research into such topics as vast as 19th century park design, cryogenics, to the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, and the sensory experience of walking in outer space, Rose’s work pinpoints what it is that makes us human, and how we seek to alter, enhance, and escape that designation.

December 6, 2017, 6:30pm
Series: Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Toni Dove
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Abstract: Considered one of the pioneers of interactive cinema, New York-based artist Toni Dove creates hybrid performance, installation and screen-based art that fuses film, game or instrument based interaction, and experimental theater. In her work, performers interact with an unfolding narrative, using interface technologies such as motion sensing, iPad and laser harp to inhabit and animate on-screen avatars.

Toni Dove's work has been presented in the United States, Europe and Canada as well as in print and on radio and television. Projects include interactive installations: Archeology of a Mother Tongue, (virtual reality) Banff Centre for the Arts; Artificial Changelings, premiere: Rotterdam Film Festival, USA; Body Mécanique at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Spectropia: feature length live-mix movie performance: Lincoln Center, Scanners, the New York Video Festival 2006; Cleveland at the Ingenuity festival 2007; premiered: Wexner Center for the Arts; REDCAT, LA Nov 2007;the Zero1 Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, 2008, EMPAC, Troy NY, 2008, the Kitchen, NYC, 2010, Roulette, NY, 2012. Lucid Possession, a live mix music cinema performance, a co-production with Issue Project Room, Roulette and HERE, premiered in NYC in 2013 after a preview show at Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Her current work in progress, an interactive cinema and robotics installation ‘The Dress That Eats Souls’, will be presented in a retrospective of Dove’s interactive work “Embodied Machines” at The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, 2018.

Dove was the Hirshon Artist/Director in residence at the New School for Social Research in Media Studies 2014/15. She has received numerous grants and awards including support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Langlois Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The LEF Foundation, MediaThe Foundation, and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from M.I.T.

Dove was appointed to the 2000/2003 Government Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Creativity, National Research Council, USA. She is the granddaughter of American abstract painter Arthur Dove.

November 28, 2017, 6:30pm
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Noam Elcott (Columbia)
Title: Canvas/Screen/Ghost: Painting and Cinema in Interwar Europe
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Abstract: Please join Noam Elcott (Columbia) in a talk which interrogates the screen as the basic unit in the abstract films and theoretical writings of Hans Richter, Theo van Doesburg, Oskar Fischinger, Werner Gräff, Moholy-Nagy, and others. The post-WWII orthodoxy, still very much alive, whereby the film screen, like the modernist canvas, reflected its own properties through the animation of squares and rectangles, is a complete distortion of the historical record.

Through close analyses of paintings, photograms, and films, along with treatises, film scores, reviews, and correspondences, Elcott demonstrate that the materiality and circumscription of the screen were understood as qualities to be overcome rather than properties to parade.

November 7, 2017
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Title: Everyday Life at the Dig, c. 1900
Speaker: Prof. Zeynep Çelik, Columbia University (Adjunct Professor in the dept. of History) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Distinguished Professor College of Architecture and Design)

Abstract: History of archaeology is commonly written centering on Western men of knowledge in far-away lands and among primitive people unable to understand the values and meanings of past civilizations. Focusing on everyday life on an archaeological site in Nippur, this lecture will offer another perspective by highlighting a complex social dynamic with multiple voices: local laborers, Ottoman civil servants, and American archaeologists.

October 24, 2017
Series: Artists at the Institute
Artist: Anicka Yi

Abstract: Anicka Yi lives and works in New York City. Recent institutional solo exhibitions of her work include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Basel; List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Kitchen, New York; and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In October 2016, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize and presented a solo exhibition at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, from April to July 2017. Yi has screened her film, The Flavor Genome, at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2017. She is represented by 47 Canal, New York.

October 23, 2017
Series: Praska Lecture
Speaker: Karl Buchberg
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Abstract: The collaboration between curators, conservators and conservation scientists has become an increasingly important dynamic in recent years. The result of their research, sometimes called technical art history, is often incorporated into museum websites and exhibition catalogs and design. Three exhibitions held in recent years at The Museum of Modern Art will be presented as case studies.

Karl Buchberg has a B.A. from Columbia University and holds a master’s degree in art history and an advanced certificate in conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He was the Conservator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Firestone Library of Princeton University from 1980-1986. He was a part time lecturer at the Conservation Program at the School of Library Service at Columbia University from 1984-1990. He has recently retired after a tenure of thirty years from The Museum of Modern Art where he was Senior Conservator specializing in paper conservation. During this time, he was co-curator for the landmark exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs; the first time a conservator curated a show at the museum. In addition, he contributed technical essays to both the Georges Seurat, The Drawings and Degas: A Strange New Beauty catalogues.

October 21, 2017
NYU Alumni Weekend at the Institute of Fine Arts
Speaker: Matthew Israel
Title: "The Big Picture: Contemporary Art Now"  

October 9, 2017
Series: Latin American Forum
Speaker: Cecilia Vicuña
Title: A Conversation with Cecilia Vicuña
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Abstract: Artist, poet, activist and philosopher, Cecilia Vicuña (born in Chile, a long-time resident of New York) has been noted for many decades for her work in a wide variety of media and venues. Her political activism, her artistic innovation and her stimulating and original approach to problems of visuality and the expression of collective emotion are at the heart of her art.

We are immensely pleased to have Cecilia as the first Artist in this Fall's series of Latin American Forum events. She will discuss her work in the context of a conversation with Edward J. Sullivan, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Art History and Deputy Director of the Institute of Fine Arts

October 3, 2017
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Andres Zervigón, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Title: Photography and Truth in the Radicalized Public Sphere
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Abstract: In 1927, the radical-left magazine Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (or AIZ) published a two-page spread with the declarative titled “Die AIZ sagt die Wahrheit!” [The AIZ Tells the Truth!]. At issue was its cover photo from a few weeks earlier showing right-wing militiamen scandalously posing on the country estate of German Interior Minister Walter von Keudell, the first “völkisch” member of a Weimar-era cabinet. The picture had ignited furious public debate before enveloping the minister himself, who was forced to protest his innocence from the well of the Reichstag. As von Keudell declared, the picture was nothing more than a cut-and-paste falsification. In the subsequent two-page spread, the AIZ now confessed that its cover had indeed been a “Bildkombination,” but that the image nonetheless told the truth about the government’s codling of proto-fascists. Using this case of a highly public debate about photography’s veracity, my paper proposes that Weimar-era Germany’s politically polarized public sphere was significantly fomented by the camera. The experience of political combat was now being driven by a contest of photographic images. But as the paper also suggests, the rhetoric of truth propelling this encounter, particularly in the face of an open “Bildkombination,” shows that photography now functioned at an affective register that reinscribed the medium as a passionate rather than mechanically objective form of witness. This phenomenon resembles today’s photographic conditions in the era of “alternative facts.”

Andrés Mario Zervigón is Associate Professor of the History of Photography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is author of John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and Photography and Germany (Reaktion Book, 2017). In addition, Zervigón coedited three anthologies: Photography and Its Origins with Tanya Sheehan(Routledge, 2014), Photography and Doubt with Sabine Kriebel(Routledge, 2016), and Subjective/Objective: A Century of Social Photography with Donna Gustafson (Zimmerli/Hirmer, 2017). For his current book project, titled Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung -- The Worker's Illustrated Magazine, 1921-1938: A History of Germany's Other Avant-Garde, he received the Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA, 2013-14). His articles and reviews have appeared in New German Critique, Visual Resources, History of Photography, Rundbrief Fotografie, Photo/Researcher, Études Photographiques, October, Art Journal, and CAAReviews. Zervigón leads The Developing Room, an academic working group at Rutgers that promotes interdisciplinary dialogue on photography’s history, theory and practice. Its last event was the two-day symposium Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s, co-convened by Sarah Miller and Drew Sawyer.

September 28, 2017
Series: Huber Colloquium  
Speaker: Edward Sullivan, Deputy Director, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, The Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Introduction by Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Title: Between Toledo and Buenos Aires: Radical Modernity and the Mystic Cosmovision of Esteban Lisa (1895-1983)  
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Abstract: Esteban Lisa (1895-1983) was both an enigmatic figure as well as a major force within the development of art in Argentina in the mid-20th century. Born in a small town in the province of Toledo, Spain, he left for Buenos Aires at age 12. Like many other émigré artists to the Americas (Esteban Vicente, Maruja Mallo, the cinéaste Luis Buñuel or the musician Pau Casals) he formed a bridge between the artistic worlds of the New and the Old Worlds. Lisa developed a particular brand of abstraction that became widely acclaimed only after his death. (He refused to exhibit in his lifetime and, like his illustrious Buenos Aires contemporary Jorge Luis Borges, worked as a civil servant for many years). Lisa is the subject of a current exhibition at the art museum of Boston College. This lecture will place the artist within the context of his time in both Argentina and Iberia and will attempt to analyze the rise of interest in his work on both sides of the Atlantic beginning in the 1990s. Image: Fondation Audi, "Esteban Lisa: in the land of the Cedars" 2010, p. 66; PJT

September 25, 2017
Title: José Leonilson: Autobiography of a Brazilian artist
Speakers: Cecilia Brunson, independent curator; Gabriela Rangel, Director and Chief Curator, Visual Arts, Americas Society; Susanna V. Temkin, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts, Americas Society; Yuji Kawasima, PhD. Candidate Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Ana Lenice Dias, President, Projeto Leonilson; and professors Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Edward Sullivan New York University.
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Abstract: Americas Society presents an academic symposium at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts to celebrate the upcoming exhibition José Leonilson: Empty Man and the international launch of the three volume Leonilson catalogue raisonné, recently completed by the artist’s estate, the São Paulo-based Projeto Leonilson.

May 4, 2017
Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture
Speaker: Brigid Doherty, Associate Professor of 20th Century Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Title: Hanne Darboven’s onetwo and the Opposition of Writing and Describing

May 2, 2017
Artists at the Institute
Speaker: María Magdalena Campos-Pons

April 26, 2017
Walter W.S. Cook Annual Lecture
Speaker: Nadine OrensteinDrue Heinz Curator in Charge, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Hercules Segers and Rembrandt, the Eccentric and the Traditionalist 

April 14th - April 15th, 2017
IFA- ISLAA Symposium for Emerging Scholars
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April 7, 2017
Speakers: various
Title: THE ATTITUDES OF ARTWORKS: A Pop-Up Graduate Student Symposium

April 5, 2017
Spotlight on New Talents in Time-Based Media Art Conservation
Brian Castriota, "Ontological Models and Authenticity in Time-Based Media Art Conservation"
Dan Finn, "Time-based Media Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum"
The two “spotlights” are followed by a book presentation:
Hanna B. Hölling, "Paik’s Virtual Archive"
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April 3, 2017
The Great Hall Display Case Exhibition Series
Artists Talk with Institute Alumna and Curator, Lisa Banner
Artists: Peter Hristoff, James Perkins, Piers Secunda, Jean Shin
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March 28, 2017
Artists at the Institute
Nicole Eisenman

March 8, 2017
Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies Lecture
Speaker: Thea B. van Oosten, Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor
Title: "Plastics in Modern and Contemporary Art: Meant to Last Forever?"
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February 27, 2017
Samuel H. Kress Lecture
Speaker: Michael Gallagher, Sherman H. Fairchild Conservator in Charge in the Department of Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Brokering Truths
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December 6, 2016
Artists at the Institute
Artist: Jennie C. Jones
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December 1, 2016
Great Hall Exhibition Panel Discussion
Speakers: C. Spencer Yeh, Liz Pearse, R. Luke Dubois and Jeff Dolven
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November 28, 2016
Time-Based Media
Speaker: Kate Lewis, Media Conservator; Peter Oleksik, Associate Media Conservator; Ben Fino-Radin, Associate Media Conservator
Title: Media Conservation at MoMA
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November 21, 2016
Time-Based Media
Daniel Rozin, Associate Arts Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), NYU
Christine Frohnert , Conservator of Contemporary Art, Bek & Frohnert LLC, New York; Adjunct Professor & Time-Based Media Art Conservation Curriculum Development Program Coordinator, Conservation Center of The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Creating digital interactive kinetic sculptures for the long run - Daniel Rozin in conversation with Christine Frohnert
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November 16, 2016
Great Hall Exhibitions
Panel discussion
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November 14, 2016
Time-Based Media
Speaker: Deena Engel,  Clinical Professor; Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies for the computer Science Minors programs Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences; New York University
Title: Source Code Analysis in the Conservation of Software-based Art
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November 7, 2016
Time-Based Media
Speaker: Mona Jimenez, Associate Arts Professor/Associate Director; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University
Title: Art in an Ecosystem: Media Art Communities & Conservation
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November 4, 2016
Crossing Boundaries
Speakers: Various
Title: Access & Engagement
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October 26, 2016
Pre-History and Modern Art Panel
Speaker: Maria Stavrinaki, Associated Professor, Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne
Title: The Earth without Man from Cézanne to Pierre Huyghe
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October 24, 2016
Time-Based Media
Speaker: Tina Rivers Ryan, Curatorial Research Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Title: Some More Beginnings: On the History of Time-Based Media Exhibitions
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October 18, 2016
Latin American Forum
Speakers: Alejandro Anreus, Tony Bechara, Pepe Karmel. Moderated by Edward J. Sullivan.
Title: Geometric Abstraction in the Americas: Carmen Herrera and Her Art Worlds
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October 17, 2016
Time-Based Media
Christiane PaulAssociate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School, New York; Adjunct Curator, New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
Conserving Context: Approaches to Preserving Digital Art 
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October 14, 2016
Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and Future
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October 3, 2016
Time-Based Media
Speaker: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Artist, Mexico-Canada
Title: Best practices for conservation of media art from an Artist’s perspective
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September 26, 2016
Time-Based Media
Title: A Question of Kinethics
Reinhard Bek, Conservator of Contemporary Art, Bek & Frohnert LLC, New York
More information about our Time-Based Media Art Conservation lecture series
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September 26, 2016
Crossing Boundaries
Title: Access & Engagement

September 15, 2016
Freedom as Form
Speakers: Nandipha Mntambo and Gavin Jantjes
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