2010 Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art: Parody, Politics, and Performativity

March 13, 2010
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
A woman stands on a ladder and paints onto a figure onto a wall in black paint.

Tania Bruguera, General Strike, 2010. Demystified church, water painting, paintbrushes, scaffolding, audience participation, images used in political propaganda, projector, news on the General Strike, brick in a showcase, spray on canvas. 82’4”x 49’7”x65’.

The MIT List Visual Arts Center has gathered together several practicing artists and experts on performative practices to participate in the 2010 Wasserman Forum. This year’s 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 passage of time and the relationship to the viewer are significant. Unlike traditional art objects that are characterized by a physical permanence, many of the works created by the panel participants question and undermine, often in humorous ways, the common forms of how institutions present, collect, and display most art today.

Parody, Politics, and Performativity will take place on Saturday, March 13 with a panel discussion at 3PM, followed by responses beginning at 4:45. The forum is open and free to the public.

Forum Schedule

3 PM: Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 123 

3 - 4:15 PM: Panel Discussion 
Parody, Politics, and Performativity 
Moderator: Jens Hoffman (San Francisco, CA) Director of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Panel discussion in which artists and moderator will discuss contemporary artists whose works focus on the passage of time and relationship with viewer. Artists will comment based on their own works which challenge the common ways in which institutions present and collect these untraditional art objects.

Panelists: Tania Bruguera, (Chicago, Paris, Havana) interdisciplinary artist, founder/director of Arte de Conducta, Claire Fontaine, (Paris) collective artist and Tino Sehgal, (Berlin) artist

4:15-4:45 PM: Break

4:45 - 5:15 PM: Respondent Session
Dorothea von Hantelmann, (Berlin) Art Historian, 
Frazer Ward, (Northampton, MA) Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art and Architecture, 
Department of Art, Smith College
Joan Jonas (New York) Artist, Professor of Visual Arts, MIT