Communicating Forms

Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration

October 15-November 13, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 6:30-7:30 PM


The University of Chicago
Communicating Forms: Conference, Exhibition, Events

The University of Chicago is pleased to present a series of events surrounding the fifth annual joint English and Art History graduate student conference and exhibition: Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration, featuring keynote speaker Leo Bersani. We hope to interrogate the ways in which various classes of relationships make possible, and complicate, production – artistic, literary, critical, and economic. We also hope to situate the term “relationality,” with, and perhaps even against, the collaborative processes and “relational aesthetics” at play in the world of artistic practice.

Schedule of Events:

Conference: Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration
Thursday and Friday, October 21-22
For advanced schedule schedule and commentary, see:
http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/communicatingforms/

Conference panels will explore topics such as the relation between image and text, the space of the social, mediums of exchange, language and translation, relationships within and between pictures, virtual relationality, and loss or the notion of the “incomplete” in relationships. The conference roundtable will feature Lauren Berlant, Aden Kumler, and W.J.T. Mitchell.

Exhibition: October 15 – November 13, 2010
Reanimation Library Hyde Park Brach: October 20 – November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 6:00-8:00pm
DOVA Temporary Gallery, 5228 S. Harper Ave , Chicago, IL 60615

Exhibition Curated by Jennifer Cohen and Hannah Klemm
Reanimation Library Hyde Park Branch organized by Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone, Jennifer Cohen, Hannah Klemm, and Mackenzie Schneider

The exhibit includes a temporary site-specific branch of The Reanimation Library (www.reanimationlibrary.org), an independent collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation. Several artist collectives and collaborators have been invited to use these books as inspiration for their work. Visitors may “harvest” text or images by using provided scanners and photocopiers. Works by current and recent MFA students relating to the themes of the conference will also be on display alongside the Reanimation Library.

Participants: Erik Cameron, Rachel Ellison, Flux Factory, David Hartwell, Emily Hermant, David Horvitz, Josef Jacques, Stacee Kalmanovsky, Andrea Loest, Allan LeSage, Ragen Moss, Sarah Podles, Ben Spicer, Jacob Spicer, Cassandra Troyan, Shane Ward, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Keynote Lecture: Leo Bersani, “Illegitimacy”
Thursday, October 21, 4:45-6:00pm
Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street, room 130

Leo Bersani is professor emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He is considered a founder of queer theory and is known for working across a number of disciplines such as literature and literary criticism, psychoanalysis, cinema studies, art history, and aesthetics.

Lecture: Anne Wilson and Kathryn Hixson, “Working Over Time: Cross Collaborations in the Museum Factory”
Friday, October 22, 3:00-4:30pm
DOVA Temporary Gallery, 5228 S. Harper Ave.

Art historian and critic Kathryn Hixson and artist Anne Wilson will present the many collaborative relationships that revolved around the artist’s 2010 exhibition “Wind/Rewind/Weave” at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Discussion: Buzz Spector and Terry Smith
Friday, October 29, 12:30-1:30pm
The Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 E 57th St., JRL S-102

Artist Buzz Spector and art historian Terry Smith will hold a lunch-time discussion on the subject of the artist’s book. This conversation will range from the work of Art & Language, a variety of artist-published alternatives such as WhiteWalls, as well as other contemporary practices associated with the artist’s book.

Lecture: Terry Smith
Friday, October 29, 4:00-5:30pm
5540 South Greenwood Ave, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 157

Sponsored by Critical Inquiry and the Renaissance Society.

Distinguished Alumnus Lecture: Buzz Spector (MFA 1978)
Friday, October 29, 7:00-8:30pm
DOVA Temporary Gallery, 5228 S. Harper Ave.

The conference and exhibition are sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Art History, the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts, the Division of the Humanities, the Scherer Center, Critical Inquiry, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the Nicholson Center, and the Center for Gender Studies.

For more on contemporary art events at the University of Chicago, please visit: opc.uchicago.edu