Reflections on Archives and Absences in the Art of Joachim Koester

June 14, 2012, 7:00PM

Bartos Theatre
20 Ames Street Building E15
Cambridge, MA 02139

A Talk by Hal Foster, Townsend Martin Professor and Chair of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

The List Visual Arts Center is pleased to present a talk by noted theorist and contemporary art scholar Hal Foster focusing on the work of Joachim Koester. The unknown—in its scientific, metaphysical, and historical variety—has been central to the work of Joachim Koester for over two decades. By tracing forgotten journeys, occult phenomena, and esoteric forms of knowledge through photography, text, video, and film, Koester addresses the legacy of transgressive means for understanding the unseen and the unknown.

In this talk Foster will address Koester’s archival approach to art making that borders between documentary and fiction. This talk is presented in conjunction with the List Center’s current exhibition Joachin Koester: To Navigate, in a Genuine Way, in the Unknown…the artist’s first US museum survery show.

About the Speaker 
Hal Foster, Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology, came to Princeton in 1997. He teaches lecture and seminar courses in modernist and contemporary art and theory; he also directs the graduate proseminar in methodology. In addition, Foster is a faculty member of the School of Architecture and an associate member of the Department of German; he also works with the programs of Media and Modernity and European Cultural Studies. Recent books include Art Since 1900 (2005), a co-authored textbook on 20th-century art, Prosthetic Gods (2004), concerning the relation between modernism and psychoanalysis; and Design and Crime (2002), on problems in contemporary art, architecture, and design. In fall 2011 two new volumes were published: The Art-Architecture Complex (Verso) and The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha (Princeton University Press). He is presently at work on a theory of modernism as a way (in the words of Walter Benjamin) “to outlive culture, if need be.” A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foster continues to write regularly for October (which he co-edits), Artforum, and The London Review of Books.

The talk is free and open to the general public. It will take place at the Bartos Theatre. All are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Mark Linga
[617] 452-3586