Public Program | Graduate Student Talk Getting Goosebumps: Sensations Across Species

June 2, 2017, 12:30PM

MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge MA 02139

Take a look at the List Center’s exhibitions from a new perspective. Join Emily Watlington (History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, MIT) to discover more about An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art.  Watlington’s talk will focus on a series of works in the exhibition by Anicka Yi, in which the artist cast ostrich skins in silicone. Yi’s representation of “goosebumps” reflects a way to visualize affect—a pre-cognitive or involuntary response to something which has affected you.

About the Speaker

Emily Watlington is currently a master’s student in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, MIT. She is also the curatorial research assistant at MIT List Visual Arts Center, where she contributed to the catalogue for An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art.  She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her graduate studies and research are focused on contemporary art through the lenses of affect theory and feminist theory, and her art criticism has appeared in publications such as Mousse Magazine and Art Papers.
 About the Series
Graduate Student Gallery Talks at the List Center present focused explorations of our current exhibitions and are led by an MIT graduate student. These interdisciplinary talks examine art through the lens of students’ research, backgrounds, and interests.
All programs are free and open to the general public. RSVPs are required. RSVP here.

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Emily Garner

  • Anicka Yi, After Democracy, 2016
    Silicone on panel, artificial flowers, nylon filament
    36 x 24 x 4 inches
    Collection of Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Dallas

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