Miwon Kwon: Proposition

When 31 Dec 1969

Ends of the Earth (and Back)

With special guest Dr. Alexander Nagel

Friday, April 23 7pm: Proposition & Lecture

Saturday April 24, 2010 12-5pm: Discussion

New Museum
235 Bowery NY NY 10002
Tel. 212-219-1222

Press Release:

Miwon Kwon’s proposition Ends of the Earth (and Back) is a work-in-progress report on the exhibition “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1977″. Co-organized with MoCA curator Philipp Kaiser, the exhibition seeks to capture the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far from familiar art contexts. Her special guest on Saturday, April 24 is Dr. Alexander Nagel. Dr. Nagel will compare the Jerusalem chapel in the church of Santa Croce in Rome and other medieval assemblages of geological and cultural relics to Robert Smithson’s “Non-Sites” and related works.

About Miwon Kwon:

Miwon Kwon is trained in architecture, holds a MA in photography, and has extensive curatorial experience from her tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1990s. She received her PhD in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University in 1998, the same year in which she joined the faculty at UCLA to teach contemporary art history (post-1945). Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies. She was a founding co-editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992-2004), and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, such as Francis Alÿs, Michael Asher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jimmie Durham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Josiah McElheny, Christian Philipp Müller, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Richard Serra, and Do Ho Suh, among others. She is currently preparing an essay on the public projects of Barbara Kruger for Rizzoli Publications and is co-organizing a major historical exhibition entitled “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1977” with co-curator Philipp Kaiser to be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2012. She is on sabbatical leave for academic year 2009-10.

About Propositions:

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Inspired by the scientific method of hypothesis, research, and synthesis, each two-day seminar explores a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are presented to the public, responded to, “researched,” and discussed to propel the ideas forward in unique ways.

Propositions is part of the Museum as Hub initiative, a laboratory for art and ideas realized through a partnership of five international arts organizations that includes Insa Art Space, Seoul; the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. The initiative seeks to support art activities and experimentation; explore artistic, curatorial, and institutional practice; and serve as an important resource for the public to learn about contemporary art from around the world.

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