Member Event

Learning Series Lecture: Participation/
Occupation/
Belonging

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Learning Series members in the Curate Your Own Membership program

What are the structures that hold us? How do we experience belonging? While these are questions many of us have asked ourselves in relation to personal life (our families, friendships, and communities), they take on new urgency at the level of national discourse. In this talk, teaching fellow Aliza Shvarts invites audiences to consider how artists use material and spatial interventions to explore, critique, and expand concepts of nationality and nationhood. The lecture will bring together works from Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and the 2017 Whitney Biennial, focusing on how the innovative practice of Brazilian-born artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980) can be read in dialogue with a younger generation of politically engaged artists. These participatory and social artworks activate not only concepts of democracy and civic engagement, but also the art historical legacy of Institutional Critique. In this sense, they invite us to question both the institution of the nation and the institution of art.

Option 1: Saturday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Option 2: Sunday, July 30, 4:30–5:30 pm
Option 3: Monday, September 18, 5:30–6:30 pm

Individual and Dual Learning Series members are invited to this event: For Individual members, the invitation is for one; for Dual members, the invitation is for two. Registration instructions will be provided by email.

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