December 6, 2004 - Vera List Center for Art and Politics - Seeing Double: Exile Artists Interpret Their Homelands
December 6, 2004

Seeing Double: Exile Artists Interpret Their Homelands

Seeing Double: Exile Artists Interpret Their Homelands
December 8, 2004, 7:00 p.m.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics - The New School
Tishman Auditorium,
66 West 12th Street, New York City

www.nsu.newschool.edu/vlc

Free admission

The Atlas Group / Walid Raad, Notebook Volume 38; ‘Already Been in a Lake of Fire, plates 57 and 58′, 1975-2002    The Vera List Center
for Art and Politics
Aperture Foundation

Throughout the world, war, violence, famine, injustice, or a thirst for adventure and opportunity have driven millions from their homes into a state of dislocation and exile. The late Edward Said described the inner state of the emigre as beset with a nagging awareness of two homes. This contrapuntal awareness has provoked remarkable bodies of works, particularly among artists who return home, however briefly, to measure their new American-bred sensibilities against the realities of their histories.

Panelists:
Shirin Neshat, American film installation artist, originally from Iran
Walid Raad (The Atlas Group), American multimedia artist, originally from Lebanon; Vera List Center 2004-2005 Fellow
Sylvia Plachy, American photographer and author of Self Portrait With Cows Going Home about exile from Hungary (Aperture Foundation, fall 2004)

Moderator:
Amei Wallach, art critic; president emerita, International Art Critics Association/USA

This panel discussion is part of the Aperture Foundation Lectures, “Confounding Expectations: Photography and the Arts,” and presented by the Photography Departments of The New School and Parsons School of Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation.

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The Vera List Center for Art and Politics explores the role of the arts in developing a civic culture of pluralism in the United States. The Center brings together a wide array of visual and performance artists, scholars, curators, and political leaders to investigate the intersection of art and politics through public lectures and symposia, research activities, publications, and programs associated with the University’s art collection.

Established in 1992 by a generous grant from the late Vera List, a Life Trustee of New School University, the Vera List Center embodies the legacy of The New School’s historic involvement with the avant-garde in the arts. During the year 2004-05, the Center’s programming includes an interdisciplinary exploration of the theme of “homeland.” For a current listing of programs, visit www.newschool.edu/vlc.

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