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Boiler Room Lecture: Claire Bishop



MUMA, in association with Curatorial Practice, Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA] and MPavilion are pleased to present a special illustrated lecture by Claire Bishop, Déjà vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernity. The lecture will be introduced by Tara McDowell, who will be in conversation with Claire Bishop following the lecture.

Date: Wednesday 17 December 2014
Time: 6.30 - 7.30pm
Venue: MPavilion Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Free event - no bookings required!

One of the most persistent themes in contemporary art since the early 1990s has been that of ‘ruined modernity' and ‘failed utopias'. This type of art reformats iconic examples of twentieth-century architecture and design into other mediums (painting, sculpture, photography, video, slide shows, archival installations, etc). Bishop's lecture offers a critique of this tendency: it argues for the digital underpinnings of this strategy of reformatting; discusses the institutional reasons for the rise of this historicism; and asks how we might imagine more politicized modes of engagement with twentieth-century modernism.

Claire Bishop is a Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012), for which she won the 2013 Frank Jewett Mather award for art criticism. She writes on contemporary art and performance, and is a regular contributor to Artforum. Her latest book, Radical Museology, or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?, was published last year by Koenig Books.

Tara McDowell is Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is Editor-at-Large of The Exhibitionist, and has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. McDowell holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.

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