This is what research looks like. Identifying life in soil for project ExcessNYC, February 2013. Photo: Brooke Singer

Artistic Research Science Fair

D. Graham Burnett, Sal Randolph, Steve Rowell, Brooke Singer, and Alexandra P. Spaudling

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:30–2:00 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.

Join us for an interactive lunchtime session featuring artists who explore the creative possibilities of sustained investigation. Following the model of a science fair, research-artists Sal Randolph, Steve Rowell, Brooke Singer, and Alexandra P. Spaudling will set up individual stations and offer reports on their results to date. Prepare for presentation boards, poster talks, and engaged conversation!

The included projects are long-term, multifaceted endeavors that are rarely represented in traditional venues such as museums or galleries, making this session a unique opportunity to learn about them through a direct dialogue with their creators. The program concludes with a round-table conversation among the artists, moderated by D. Graham Burnett, focusing on such questions as: Can science and scholarship be the medium of the artist? What can be learned from the contrast between the creatively driven approach of artistic research and the focused methodology of empirically oriented investigative practices? What happens at the intersection of precise knowledge and infinite possibility?

D. Graham Burnett is an editor at Cabinet magazine and teaches at Princeton University. He is the author of five books, most recently The Sounding of the Whale (Chicago, 2012). He and W. J. Walter are the creators of “Novelchess,” a system for translating literature into chess matches.

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.