Common Assembly by Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Common Assembly by Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center

Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, Deterritorialized Parliament, 2011.
Photo: DAAR (Carina Ottino).

March 7, 2012
Common Assembly by Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

March 15–June 2, 2012

March 14, 2012, 6 pm

Artists: Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Curator: Katherine Carl

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016

Tue–Thu 12–7pm, Fri-Sat 12–6pm


The James Gallery is pleased to present the work Common Assembly by Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, a design group and residency program founded by Eyal Weizman, Sandi Hilal, and Alessandro Petti in Beit Sahour, Palestine. For their first exhibition in New York, Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency will produce a large-scale installation in the James Gallery based their research on the Palestinian Parliament building in Abu-Dis, located on the periphery of Jerusalem. Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency conducts research, collective learning and public meetings, and makes critical design from its research on existing architecture and infrastructure. Their projects articulate the potential of architecture to open an “arena of speculation” that incorporates varied cultural aesthetic and political perspectives. Works, whether in the form of large or small-scale models, video, maps, photographs, interviews, or discussions, have been exhibited at Nottingham Contemporary (2012); Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2011); Red Cat, LA (2010); NGBK, Berlin (2010); the Istanbul Biennale (2009). The group was awarded the Prince Claus Prize for Architecture in 2010.

Related Spring Events
All programs are free and open to the public.
All events will take place in the James Gallery unless otherwise noted.

Mon Mar 19, 6:30pm
Poetry After Genocide
Ammiel Alcalay, English, The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY; Damir Arsenijevic, poet and Fulbright scholar; Colette Dauite, Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wed Mar 21, 12pm
Exploring Innovative Transitions Lecture: Rio de Janeiro
Alessandro Angelini, Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wed Mar 21, 6:30pm
Against all Odds: Ten Myths Shattered by the Tunisian Revolution
Taoufik Ben Amor, Arabic Studies, Columbia University; Peter Hitchcock, English, Baruch College, CUNY.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Thus Mar 22, 6:30pm
On Freedom with Violence
Chandan Reddy, English, University of Washington.
Co-sponsored by the POLICED Seminar, Revolutionizing American Studies, and QUNY

Wed Mar 28, 12:00pm
Exploring Innovative Transitions Lecture: Miska
Einat Manoff, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wed Mar 28, 6:30pm
Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art
Carroll Dunham, artist; Ken Johnson, New York Times and Art in America; Nicolas Langlitz, Medical Anthropology, New School for Social Research; Moderator: Miciah Hussey, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Co-sponsored by Science & the Arts

Wed Apr 4, 6:30pm
Exploring Innovative Transitions Lecture
Toni Griffin, Director, J. Max Bond Center, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY.

Thurs Apr 5, 6:30pm
Markopoulos’s Vision
P. Sitney Adams, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Mon Apr 16, 6:30pm
Alessandro Petti, Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency.

Tues Apr 17, 6:30pm
Lecture, The Segal Theater
Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, and Professor for Philosophy and Media Theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in Art History

Tues Apr 24, 6:30pm
On Animism
Anselm Franke, Curator, Taipei Biennial 2012.

Sat Apr 28, 11am-3:30pm
Seminar: Forensic Aesthetics
Eyal Weizman, Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency; Respondent: Tom Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College. Followed by a roundtable discussion with invited guests.

Wed May 2, 12:00pm
Exploring Innovative Transitions: Lecture
Nancy Biberman, Founder of WHEDco; Susan Saegert, Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Thurs May 3, 6:30pm
Keynote Lecture
Just Law: Intervention, Reparation, Emancipation
Talal Asad, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Co-sponsored by the Law, Justice, and Global Political Futures seminar

Fri May 4, 10:30am-5:30pm
Just Law: Intervention, Reparation, Emancipation
Ayça Çubukçu, Social Studies, Harvard University; Shea McManus, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Amiel Melnick, Anthropology, Columbia University; Anjuli Raza Kolb, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Kareem Rabie, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Jini Kim Watson, English, New York University.
Co-sponsored by the Law, Justice, and Global Political Futures seminar

Fri May 4, 6pm
Beyond Biopolitics: The Governance of Life and Death
Patricia T. Clough, Sociology and Women’s Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Una Chung, Global Studies, Sarah Lawrence; Steve Goodman, Music Culture, University of East London; May Joseph, Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute; Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, NYU; Luciana Parisi, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London; Craig Willse, Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster.

Co-sponsored by the POLICED Seminar, The Life of Things Seminar, PhD program in Sociology and Certificate Program in Women’s Studies

The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities’ mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the James Gallery brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through a number of innovative formats. While some exhibitions will remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings will have a short duration. As a space for interdisciplinary artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.

The Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, was founded in 1993 as a forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy. Through its public programs, seminars, conferences, publications and exhibitions, the Center puts CUNY students and faculty from various disciplines into dialogue with each other as well as with prominent journalists, artists and civic leaders to promote the humanities and foster intellectual community across the city.

For more information, contact Jennifer Wilkinson
T: 212.817.2020 | E: [email protected]

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