Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.
Explore the overlap and contrasts between the practices of three living artists, Agnes Denes, Mona Hatoum, and Richard Long, who are known for using natural materials, working in nature, or bringing nature into the gallery space. This discussion poses a number of questions regarding our assumptions about the definition of art and what its boundaries might be, as we consider issues of site-specificity, ephemerality and extended duration, function, political/social meaning, and authorship. For those who are interested, as a way of deepening our experience, we will create a rangoli, an ancient decorative design incorporating organic materials.
Larissa Bailiff (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in late 19th- and early 20th-century European art and social history. Formerly an associate educator at MoMA, she has also lectured at other New York museums and teaches art history courses at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute.
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