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Monday, March 1st, 2010

Panel Discussion at MIT examines Performative Art


Claire Fontaine, Change 2006. Twelve twenty-five cent coins, steel box-cutter blades, solder and rivets, dimensions variable.  Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photo: the artist

Claire Fontaine, Change 2006. Twelve twenty-five cent coins, steel box-cutter blades, solder and rivets, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photo: the artist

The MIT List Visual Art Center presents The Annual Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art.  This year’s forum, titled Parody, Politics and Performativity, brings together several practicing artists and experts on performative practices.  The 2010 Wasserman Forum will include a panel discussion with artists Tino Sehgal, Tania Bruguera and the collective artist Claire Fontaine, moderated by writer and curator Jens Hoffmann, with respondents Dorothea von Hantelmann, Frazer Ward and Joan Jonas.  The forum will examine a variety of artistic practices in which the relationship to the viewer and the passage of time are significant. Unlike art objects that are characterized by a physical presence, many of the works created by the panel participants undermine and question, often in humorous ways, the common forms of more traditional art.  Also significant is the new way in which institutions present, collect and display art today.  This is exemplified by Tino Sehgal’s current Guggenheim performance piece, This Progress, until March 10.

Parody, Politics and Performativity will take place on Saturday, March 13 at 3 pm followed by responses beginning at 4:45.  The forum, free and open to the public, will take place in the Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 123, at 32 Vasser Street, Cambridge, MA.  For more information call 617 253 4400 or visit http://listart.mit.edu/


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