Richard Long. <i>Kilkenny Circle</i>. 1984. Stones, 8' 10 1/4" (270 cm) in diameter. Gift of the Dannheisser Foundation. © 2013 Richard Long

Exploring the Nature of Time (and Timelessness): The Art of Agnes Denes, Mona Hatoum, and Richard Long

Larissa Bailiff

Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

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.

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.