Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art


The MIT List Visual Arts Center Presents the
Annual Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art
focusing on Chris Marker
On the occasion of the exhibition Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte.

November 16 and 17, 2013
Bartos Theatre, MIT
20 Ames Street, Building E15
Cambridge, MA

The Forum is free and open to the public. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Register online at 



Forum Schedule:

Saturday, November 16, 5-7pm

Keynote Presentation by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Sunday, November 17, 10am-3pm

Introduction by João Ribas and screening of Dans l’Atelier de Chris Marker (2013) by Agnés Varda. Presentations by Nora Alter, Duncan Campbell, Paul Chan, Haden Guest and Martha Rosler. João Ribas, moderator.

Related Forum Programs:

In association with the Wasserman Forum, the List will offer special screenings of Duncan Campbell’s It for Others (2013), a response to Alain Resnais' and Chris Marker’s Statues Also Die (1953).  Screenings of both films take place: 

Friday, November 15, 12:30pm, Bartos Theatre
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm, Bartos Theatre

 20 Ames Street, Building E15
Cambridge, MA


The List Visual Arts Center thanks Agnès Varda, Ciné-Tamaris, LUX and Présence
Africaine for providing the films for these screenings.


The 2013 Wasserman Forum focuses on the life and work of renowned artist and filmmaker Chris Marker (1921-2012). The Forum accompanies the List Visual Arts Center’s major exhibition Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte, a comprehensive presentation of Marker’s pioneering work in text, photography, film, video, and digital media, exhibited in collaboration with Harvard University's Carpenter Center and the Harvard Film Archive.

The annual Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art was established in memory of Max Wasserman (MIT Class of 1935), a founding member of the Council of the Arts at MIT.  This public forum is funded through the generosity of the late Jeanne Wasserman, and addresses critical issues in contemporary art and culture through the participation of renowned scholars, artists, and arts professionals. 


Nora M. Alter
is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002), Chris Marker (2006) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004). She has written on artists including Daniel Buren, Maria Eichhorn, Stan Douglas, Dan Eisenberg, Renee Green, Hans Haacke, Mathias Poledna, and others.

Duncan Campbell is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Glasgow. He is known for his film works that blend archive, documentary material with fictional, imaginary elements. His films have focused on often visionary protagonists, such as car-maker John DeLorean (Make it New John, 2009) or Irish political activist Bernadette Devlin (Bernadette, 2008, exhibited at the List Visual Arts Center in 2009).  This year, he presented his work It for Others at the Scottish presentation at the Venice Biennale.

Paul Chan is an artist who lives and works in New York. He founded Badlands Unlimited, a press devoted to publishing artist writings and writings about art in paper and e-book form in 2010. Badlands’ latest book is Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins. Chan's solo exhibition at the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland, opens April 2014.

Jean-Pierre Gorin is a luminary filmmaker. A contemporary of Chris Marker, Gorin was an integral member of the Dziga Vertov Group -- one of the central collectives producing politically engaged cinema in 1960s France. From 1968 to 1972, Gorin co-directed the films Wind from the East (1969), Struggle in Italy (1970), Vladimir and Rosa (1971),Tout Va Bien (1972) and Letter to Jane (1972). He is Professor Emeritus in the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts.

Haden Guest is a film historian, curator and Director of the Harvard Film Archive. A scholar of avant-garde film and studio era Hollywood cinema, Guest has a PhD in Film History from UCLA. At the Harvard Film Archive, Guest has organized a wide variety of programs, including the Chris Marker retrospective in collaboration with MIT's List Center. A Lecturer in Film History in Harvard's Visual and Environmental Studies Department, Guest also leads the HFA's preservation program.

João Ribas is a writer and curator, and is the curator of Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte. He was Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 2009 to 2013, and at The Drawing Center, NY, from 2007-2009. He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). Ribas has contributed to numerous publications, including Realism Materialism Art (CCS Bard, forthcoming); and Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Martha Rosler is an artist whose work centers on the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. Using video, photography, photomontage, performance, and collaborative actions, she addresses matters from housing to the national security state. She lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.