Programs 2017

FUTURE
Monday, September 18, 2017
Lecture + Book Launch Columbus: You Just Have to Experience It

In his new book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968, art historian and curator James Voorhies traces the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present. The narrative is bracketed by American artist Robert Smithson’s seminal non-sites that asked spectators to look, walk, view, read, and think about combinations of objects, images, and texts installed in a gallery and the Swedish curator Maria Lind’s groundbreaking renovations of the exhibition form and the museum space into something more active, open, and democratic inviting the public into new and unexpected encounters with works of art and institutions. Voorhies’s lecture titled, You Just Have to Experience It, draws a line through these histories by looking at work by Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Anne Imhof, Maria Lind, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, Apolonija Šušteršič, and Harald Szeemann at venues such as Documenta, Kunstverein München, Skulptur Projekte Münster, the New Museum, and the Venice Biennale to pose questions about the continued potential of the exhibition as a critical form—or medium—in a time when the differences between art and entertainment increasingly blur.

A book signing at the Wexner Center Bookshop immediately follows the talk.

Location: Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH
Time: 4 p.m.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Book Launch Cambridge: Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with Dan Byers, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center, on the occasion of the Cambridge launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Book Launch New York: Martin Beck: An Organized System of Instructions

On the occasion of the launch of An Organized System of Instructions, curator and art historian James Voorhies talks with the artist Martin Beck about Beck’s two-year exhibition titled Program, which occured from 2014 to 2016 at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

Edited by James Voorhies with contributions by Martin Beck, Keller Easterling, James Goggin, and Alex Kitnick, An Organized System of Instructions is both a document of Program and an extension of the exhibition.

Location: Artists Space
55 Walker Street, New York, NY
Time: 6 p.m.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Book Launch San Francisco: Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

Produced on the occasion of the launch of Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 in San Francisco, this public talk in the shape of a performance reading presents a brief history of the exhibition as a critical form, a form that inherently solicits spectators into temporal and spatial experiences and situations as indispensable components of the work. The reading combines citations culled from Beyond Objecthood to trace the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present.

The reading is followed by a conversation with writer Sarah Thornton.

Based in San Francisco, Sarah Thornton is a writer and sociologist of culture. Among her numerous publications, she is author of Seven Days in the Art World (2008), a series of narratives revealing the inner workings of the institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history, and 33 Artists in 3 Acts (2014), an exploration of the wide-ranging characteristics and responsibilities of contemporary artists.

Location: Jessica Silverman Gallery
488 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA
Time: 5:30 p.m.


PAST
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Book Launch Berlin: You Just Have to Experience It

You Just Have to Experience It combines citations culled from the book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 by James Voorhies to trace a history of the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present.

Produced on the occasion of the launch of Beyond Objecthood, this public talk in the shape of a performance reading presents a brief history of the exhibition as a critical form, a form that inherently solicits spectators into temporal and spatial experiences and situations as indispensable components of the work.

The program includes a limited edition Bureau for Open Culture publication titled You Just Have to Experience It.

Location: Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
Time: 7 p.m. (sharp)


Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Book Launch Stockholm: Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with the artist Carsten Höller and curating student Piper Ross Ferriter on the occasion of the Stockholm launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Carsten Höller is a German artist based in Stockholm. He is one of the leading artists of the 1990s generation categorized under “relational aesthetics” whose artistic practices posed alternatives to ways in which space, spectator, and institutions intersect.

Piper Ross Ferriter is a student in the graduate program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and 2017 intern at Tensta Konsthall.

Location: Tensta Konsthall
Taxingegränd 10
163 04 Spånga
Sweden
Time: 7 p.m.


April 30, 2017
Book Launch New York: Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with curators Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Prem Krishnamurthy on the occasion of the New York launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is the curator of contemporary art for Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. She also teaches at the School of the Visual Arts, and is board member of Triple Canopy and Creative Time.

Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, educator, and writer. Prem is the founder and curator of P! and the founding principal of Project Projects.

Location: P!
334 Broome St., New York, NY
Time: 4 p.m.