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Ralph Lemon and Muntadas: More news from our “Re-Thinking the Museum” series

Thanks to our capable video guy, Robert Madera, we now have abridged versions of the two most recent lectures/presentations in the Re-Thinking the Museum series to share with you. The first is taken from an extraordinary and inspiring multi-media performance by Ralph Lemon that incorporated spoken word and film. The second is an edited version of a slideshow/presentation by Antoni Muntadas, covering the pioneering conceptual artist’s long and esteemed career.

The Re-Thinking series (but certainly not the act of re-thinking) will draw to a close this fall, with a panel to include San Francisco artist Rico Solinas; his 100 Museums: Paintings of Buildings that Have Paintings Inside will be on display in the Museum lobby beginning in September. Here’s a taste:

Rico Solinas, from "100 Paintings of Buildings that Have Paintings Inside," 2011, oil paint on saw blades.

More details to follow on this blog, so stay tuned.

August 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Re-Thinking: “Thinking About Re-Thinking”

During the course of Gregory Sale’s exhibition It’s not just black and white, the space was home to many lively discussions.

On Feb. 1, Gregory hosted “Thinking About Re-Thinking,” a panel moderated by Darren Petrucci, Director of the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University. The blurb for the event, which was part of the Museum’s “Re-Thinking the Museum” series, went like this:

“Is the museum defunct? Can it shed the elitist and colonial past? Can it be remade? Gordon Knox, Director of the ASU Art Museum, will argue for a new, socially engaged museum; Adriene Jenik, Director of ASU’s School of Art, will discuss the appeals and perils of museum involvement from the artist’s point of view; and Richard Toon, ASU’s Director of Museum Studies, will argue that the inherent contradictions of the museum are why it continually changes, why it must be continually rethought and why there is no such thing as the museum.”

Which is pretty much what happened, except that Adriene had to cancel, so Gregory represented the artist’s perspective on the panel and read aloud something that Adriene had written for the occasion, as well as offering his own perspective. And the conversation went in some fascinating and unpredictable directions, as you can see for yourself from the abbreviated version posted here.

May 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Re-Thinking the Museum: Curator Ian Berry on “A Manifesto of Yes: Optimistic Practices in Art and Teaching”

Here’s another in our series of “Re-Thinking” videos, this one an abridged version of Tang curator Ian Berry’s talk here at the Museum.

April 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Re-Thinking the Museum: Robert Atkins on “The Museum as Knowledge Producer”

Art historian and social critic Robert Atkins, who juried the 2011 Faculty Show, presented a “Re-Thinking” talk here at the Museum in which he  ruminated on the nature of art and the role of the art museum in contemporary culture. The video above includes some highlights.

In short, Atkins argued for the necessity of transforming the museum’s primary function from conservator of artistic achievement to research-based producer of knowledge, which, he contends,will demand an understanding of art as both the most complex form of knowledge and as a crucial means of apprehending the world, a significant shift for a culture that trivializes art as therapy or entertainment.

Here’s a link to a version of Atkins’ full talk:

Robert Atkins, “The Museum as Knowledge Producer”

March 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Re-Thinking the Museum: Artist Clare Patey on “The Museum Of”

Clare Patey_ASU Art Museum from John Spiak on Vimeo.

Artist Clare Patey visited Phoenix last November to continue laying the groundwork for her upcoming project with the ASU Art Museum (more news on that to follow as it develops) and to deliver a public lecture as part of our “Re-Thinking the Museum” series.

That lecture, titled “The Museum Of,” took place Tuesday, Nov. 30, and we’re still thinking about it, largely because of Patey’s unique ability to tackle a subject — “the museum” — on so many levels at once, and with such heart and wit.

The above is an abridged version of Patey’s talk.

March 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm 2 comments


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