Filmmaker Johan Grimonprez joins art historian and writer Marcia E. Vetrocq for an exploration of René Magritte’s influence on contemporary film and writing.
Johan Grimonprez's curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His films include Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009), the latter of which garnered the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award, and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, among others. In 2011 Hatje Cantz Verlag published a reader on his work titled Johan Grimonprez: It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards, with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Slavoj Žižek. Grimonprez currently divides his time between Brussels and New York, where he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and lectures at the School of Visual Arts. His current film project (with author Andrew Feinstein), The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, was awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute.
Marcia E. Vetrocq is an art historian, educator, and writer who has published extensively on modern and contemporary artists, including Alighiero Boetti, Constantin Brancusi, Enrico Castellani, Dan Flavin, Jesper Just, Fernand Léger, Anthony McCall, Ugo Mulas, Judit Reigl, and Eve Sussman. Her essays have been published in exhibition catalogues on Italian art after World War II (Guggenheim Museum) and on the artists Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery), Maurizio Cannavacciuolo (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), Carol Ross and John Coplans (Musée Maillol), and Marco Neri (Pescheria Centro Arti Visive Pesaro). A professor of contemporary art at the University of New Orleans for 16 years, she has since been a visiting professor, adjunct faculty member, and guest lecturer at New York University, Columbia University, the University of Texas, and other institutions. She has served as an editor at the magazines Art in America (Editor-in-Chief, 2008–11) and Art + Auction. She has been a mentor in the critical writing program of the CUE Foundation and is currently a mentor in the 2013/14 Art Writing Workshop sponsored by AICA/USA, the Warhol Foundation, and Creative Capital. Vetrocq holds degrees in art history from Princeton University and Stanford University, where she received a PhD. She is a recipient of the Wolfsonian Foundation Senior Fellowship and the Heiskell Visiting Critic Fellowship of the American Academy in Rome.
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