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“Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity”

Joseph Poster
Thursday, November 03, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Branden W. Joseph (Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University)
AAHVS Visiting Art History Speaker Series

This lecture will focus on the cross-disciplinary work of the artist and musician Kim Gordon. Focusing upon Gordon's early critical writings (which Joseph edited in 2014) and hybrid artistic practice with such collaborators as Vikky Alexander and Dan Graham, the talk will elucidate Gordon's subtle engagements with the legacies of modernist design, appropriationist practice, and postmodern discourse, as well as her perceptive deployments of punk rock icons and pop-cultural fandom.

Branden W. Joseph is the Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University in New York and a founding editor of the quarterly academic journal Grey Room. He is the author of five books-including Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde (2003); Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (2008); and Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture (2016)-and editor of three, including Kim Gordon: Is It My Body? (2014) and Carolee Schneemann: Uncollected Texts (2018). In addition, he has written widely on a variety of figures within the fields of art, music, and cinema, including Seth Price, Andy Warhol, Lee Lozano, Jutta Koether, Mike Kelley, Hilma af Klint, and Angela Bulloch. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and was also awarded a Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in 2019. Currently, he is at work on a large, historical exhibition of artists who have produced 'zines for the Brooklyn Museum.

This talk will take place in room A266 Bay 10 on the second floor of Smith Warehouse. Free and open to the public.

Contact: David Massung