Representing Modernism: Architecture in Contemporary Art examines the role of modernist architecture in contemporary art, discussing ways in which artists use architectural modernism in their work and why such historical visual languages are relevant now. Is modernist architecture seen to provide examples of utopian experiments and politicized space, a catalogue of design references, or a way to examine issues of ideology, gender, and political aesthetics?
The panel brings together artists, architectural theorists, and practicing architects to discuss ways in which such strategies are pertinent for contemporary artists. Jess Atwood Gibson moderates the discussion, followed by a Q & A with the audience.
Featuring Katarina Burin, Keller Easterling, Sarah Oppenheimer, Amie Siegel, and Thomas Tsang.
JESS ATWOOD GIBSON holds her BA from the University of Toronto in English literature and Art History. She has recently completed her PhD thesis at Yale University on postwar German art. In January she will be teaching temporarily at Pratt Institute and Pace University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
KELLER EASTERLING is an architect and writer from New York City. Her book, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) researches familiar spatial products that have landed in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. A previous book Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America applies network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure and development formats. A forthcoming book, Extrastatecraft, examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of global polity.
KATARINA BURIN received her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from University of Georgia. She is currently living and working in Berlin Germany, exhibiting with Andreas Grimm gallery in Munich and New York and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Munich and London. She was the recipient of the Dedalus Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in 2002, has spent time at residencies in Vienna, Skowhegan, and at Yaddo. She has co-curated an exhibition space called the Glas Pavillon in Berlin, inviting international artists to participate in thematic discussions with the community of artists living in Berlin.
SARAH OPPENHEIMER's work is the feedback loop between constructed spaces and pedestrian motion. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Mattress Factory, Drawing Center, the Queens Museum, SculptureCenter,Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Annely Juda Fine Art, London and PPOW, New York. Oppenheimer has received numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2007.
AMIE SIEGEL works variously in 16mm and 35mm film, video, sound and writing. Exhibitions and screenings include the 2008 Whitney Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Austrian Film Museum, Berlin International Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Andy Warhol Museum, among others. Her first book of poetry, The Waking Life (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA) was published in 1999. Siegel has been an artist-in-residence of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, the Fulton Fellow in Non-Fiction Filmmaking at the Film Study Center at Harvard and is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
THOMAS TSANG is an architect who's works focus on interdisciplinary approach to architecture. Current projects include a courtyard urban-villa in historic Beijing, artists' atelier in Trinidad, a way-finding signage program for downtown Manhattan, and others. In 2006, he was recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Tsang co-edited with Ian Luna, On the Edge: Ten Architects in China, a Rizzoli publication in 2007. His current show is an installation entitled MONOROOMHOTEL connected to Artissima 15 with Quarter Relocated in Turin.