MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St., Cambridge MA
The MIT List Visual Arts Center will host Future Genders, the 2018 Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art, from November 9 - 10. The Wasserman Forum constitutes a platform for discussing contemporary issues in the arts with the aim of reaching a general audience. While artists have been investigating trans and non-binary gender, as well as genderqueer and gender fluid expression in their work for decades, scholars, curators, and institutions are providing long overdue attention. Convening thinkers and practitioners from different disciplines, the forum seeks to reflect on the state of gender and consider the stakes at the heart of gender’s ongoing transformation. In addition to the keynote, three panels will bring together voices from art history, critical theory, and visual art. Though this overarching topic can be considered through a variety of frameworks, specific topics will include understandings of gender in public space through artistic practice, artistic genealogies and looking at the legacies of trans histories, and the complications of transgender and genderqueer aesthetics.
About the Max Wasserman Forum
The Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art was established in memory of Max Wasserman(MIT Class of 1935), a founding member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. This public forum was endowed 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. The forum is organized and presented by the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
Speakers and panel descriptions will be made available in July 2018. Please check back for updates.