Zoe Beloff and upcoming programming

Zoe Beloff and upcoming programming

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center

Zoe Beloff, Two Marxists in Hollywood (still), 2015. FIlm. Courtesy of the artist.
August 27, 2015
Zoe Beloff and upcoming programming

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday noon–7pm,
Friday–Saturday noon–6pm


Zoe Beloff
A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood
September 3–November 21, 2015

Opening: September 2, 6–8pm

Curator:Katherine Carl

Through films, drawings, architectural models and archival documents, New York artist Zoe Beloff explores the unrealized film scenarios “Glass House” by Sergei Eisenstein and “A Model Family in a Model Home” by Bertolt Brecht and reimagines their ideas for today. Eisenstein was invited to Hollywood in 1930 under contract to Paramount. Fleeing from the Nazis, Brecht arrived in 1941. Both attempted the impossible: to challenge the formulas of the motion picture industry by creating works that were popular and radical.

A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood is a project by artist Zoe Beloff and curated by Katherine Carl. Artwork is created in association with Eric Muzzy.


Exhibition programming at The Graduate Center

September 11, 2–9pm: “Imagining Further Conversations with Eisenstein and Brecht”
Zoe Beloff, Katherine Carl, Hannah Frank, Amy Herzog, Jonathan Kalb, Ian Saville at Martin E. Segal Theatre

September 14, 11am–4pm: “Queer Eisenstein” workshop
Yevgeniy Fiks at The James Gallery

September 22, 6:30pm: “From Animation to the Avant-Garde in Disney and Eisenstein’s Hollywood”
Zoe Beloff, Amy Herzog, Esther Leslie at the Martin E. Segal Theatre

September 30, 6:30pm: “Stefan Brecht’s Queer Theater
Kelly Aliano, Sean Edgecomb, Benjamin Gillespie, Joe Jeffreys, Ed Miller, Jessica del Vecchio at Skylight Room 9100

October 6, 6:30pm: “Ask Me More About Brecht”
Sabine Berendse, Paul Clements, Hannah Temple in C198

October 21, 5:30pm: “Brecht’s Influence on Contemporary Art”
Francesco Scasciamacchia at The James Gallery

November 4, 6:30pm: “Art Ecologies”
Paavo Järvensivu in C201

November 11, 6:30pm: “Fabulated Archives”
Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Zoe Beloff, Katarina Buren in C198

November 18, 6:30pm: “Transversal Methodology and Social Choreography”
Pelin Tan in C198

November 19, 6:30pm: “Gulf Labor and Precarious Workers Rights”
Setare Arashloo, Barrie Cline, Andrew Ross, Walid Raad, Greg Sholette at Skylight Room 9100

All events are free, open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are ADA accessible.

This project is supported by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.

Additional support for this project is provided by The Media Arts Assistance Fund for Artists, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film, with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Administered by Wave Farm; The Dean’s Research Enhancement Grant, Queens College CUNY; and the PSC-CUNY Research Award.

The exhibition is made possible in part by The Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, Bertolt Brecht Archiv Berlin, and Getty Images. Co-sponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities, and the PhD program in Theatre, The Graduate Center CUNY.


Call for papers: Pleshkas of Russian Art / Queering Russian Art History provides a platform for new scholarship on the connections between Russian art history to date and LGBTQ studies, challenging the commonly-accepted heteronormative history of Russian art. Art historians are invited to submit papers on any aspect of queering the history of Russian art. Of particular interest are reevaluations of the narratives of the historical Russian Avant-garde, Socialist Realism, as well as post-War and post-Soviet art. Papers should be 2500–5000 words in length and submitted electronically via e-mail to [email protected] by October 15, 2015. Organized byartist Yevgeniy Fiks and Katherine Carl.


Call for participants: Social Choreography Working Group is dedicated to examining how systems of discipline, desire, power, and sociality choreograph movements, patterns, and gestures in lived experience. Topics may engage activist-oriented artistic interventions, the structuring of public movement and the circulation of bodies, theories of theater and performance, ethnographic understandings of everyday rhythms and habits, and institutions of control and holding including incarceration, housing, education, and labor management. We welcome doctoral students in all fields to present research at any stage of completion in the format of a studio crit, To apply please submit a paragraph of inquiry and a specific set of research interests or working projects via email to [email protected] by Monday, September 14. Organized byJoseph Henry and Kaegan Sparks in coordination with the Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities.


The Amie and Tony James Gallery’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the gallery is dedicated to exhibition-making as advanced research embedded in the scholarly work of The Graduate Center across multiple disciplines. The gallery creates and presents artwork to the public in a variety of formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. The gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary boundaries.


For more information, contact Jennifer Wilkinson
T +212 817 2020 / [email protected]

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