Collaboration+Context Panel

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Date/Time: 26/03/2008 12:00 am

Collaboration + Context
Public Program
Mar 26, 2008
6:30 PM
art in general
79 walker street
new york ny 10013
212 219 0473 tel
212 219 0511 fax
Making It Together: Women’s Collaborative Art + Community, the exhibition guest-curated by Carey Lovelace for the Bronx Museum, surveys the period in the 1970s and early 80s when women artists, inspired by the 70s feminist movement, worked collectively in new ways to engage communities and address social issues. Taking the exhibition as a point of departure, this roundtable discussion (the second of two held in conjunction with the show) brings together artists with community-based, site-specific, public and activist practices to discuss how their work extends the history of feminist collaborative and community-based artmaking, and how their contexts, choices, and collaborations shape the politics of their practices.
Participants include: Tomie Arai, Doug Ashford, Andrea Geyer + Sharon Hayes(9 Scripts from A Nation at War), Robert A. Pruitt / Otabenga Jones & Associates, Prerana Reddy, Naeem Mohaimen, Ann Messner / Artists Against The War. The discussion will be moderated by Gregory Sholette.
The series:
Tracing the Index is a four-part series of roundtable discussions organized by Index of the Disappeared (Chitra Ganesh + Mariam Ghani), hosted and co-sponsored by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYU’s Kevorkian Institute, the New School’s Vera List Center for Art + Politics, and Art in General. The series brings together artists, activists and scholars to discuss ideas and areas of inquiry central to their work and to our collaborative project. All roundtables in the series will be recorded and made freely available online. We will also transcribe, edit and eventually publish the discussions, both online and in a forthcoming Index print publication.
The roundtables:
Collaboration + Feminism, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 3/2 at 3 pm
Impossible Archives, Kevorkian Center, New York University, 3/3 at 5:30 pm
Collaboration + Context, Art in General, 3/26 at 6:30 pm
Agency and Surveillance, New School, 3/31 at 6:30 pm
The organizers:
Chitra Ganesh + Mariam Ghani have collaborated since 2004 on the project Index of the Disappeared, which is both a physical archive of post-9/11 disappearance and a mobile platform for public dialogue. As an archive, the Index traces the difficult histories of immigrant, other and dissenting communities in the US since 9/11, and the ways in which censorship of speech and data blackouts create real absences in real lives, by collecting and connecting documents and testimony. As a platform, the Index presents discussions on ideas and issues related to the materials it archives, and stages interventions that translate those materials into visual elements installed in a range of physical and virtual spaces–including galleries, museums, universities, community centers, libraries, conferences, magazines, books, windows, the street, the web and the mail. These new forms of public dialogue are designed to confront audiences with the human costs of public policies, challenging them to re-consider the abstractions of political debate.