Setting as Spatial Strategy

APR 04, 2014 | 10:00 AM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




April 04, 2014: 10:00 AM





Center for the Humanities


Featuring: Katherine Carl, Florence Ostende, Walter Benjamin, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

What are the motivations and consequences of contemporary artists’ settings, or environments with objects on display that operate at the scale of an exhibition or an institution? How does working at this scale open unexpected ways of creating narratives around art and other artifacts, and invite viewers to ask new questions about the objects on view? Without the artist taking the role of the curator, agent provocateur of institutional critique or creating a space solely for performative interaction, can artists’ settings potentially revive the avant-garde notion of a total artwork? How do they implicate cultural beliefs about the construction of history and politics within the reality of the exhibition space itself? Join this group of artists, writers, and curators as they discuss the operations and meanings of this work for new research and experimentation.

This symposium will be followed by a reception in the James Gallery.

Cosponsored by Cultural Services of the French Institute Alliance Fran├žaise, and ART², which is presented in collaboration with the Institut fran├žais, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). More at