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Art and Politics of the 1980's: Language in the Public Sphere: Gran Fury (Tom Kalin & Members) and Helen Molesworth

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Miller Theater

Building upon the themes and topics covered in This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s at the institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the panel looks back to past forms of politically charged art from the period, in particular the role of language and speech in the public sphere.

Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston.  Formerly head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary art as well as the Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum, she presented an exhibition of photographs by Moyra Davey and ACT UP NY: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987-1993.  From 2002 to 2007 she was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts where she organized the first US retrospectives of Louise Lawler and Luc Tuymans, as well as Part Object Part Sculpture which examined sculpture produced in the wake of Marcel Duchamp's erotic objects and hand made readymades of the 1960s.  From 2000-2002 she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she organized Work Ethic, which traced the problem of artistic labor in post-1960s art.  She is the author of numerous articles and her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October.  Her research areas are concentrated largely within and around the problems of feminism, the reception of Marcel Duchamp, and the socio-historical frameworks of contemporary art.