“Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible” Symposium at the Harn Museum of Art

“Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible” Symposium at the Harn Museum of Art

Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida

Aernout Mik
Dutch, b. 1962
Raw Footage, 2006
2-screen video and sound installation
(images from found documentary material: Reuters & ITN, ITN Source), digital video on DVD
Courtesy of carlier | gebauer, Berlin
Installation photography by Randy Batista
April 6, 2010
“Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible” Symposium at the Harn Museum of Art

April 9 and 10, 2010

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2700


Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
to Host Symposium Exploring the Intersection of Art and Democracy
Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible

The symposium will begin with a speech by keynote speaker François Cusset at 6 pm on April 9. Cusset is a professor of American studies at the University of Paris. His body of work includes the critically acclaimed “French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States” (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

The symposium will continue April 10 with lectures by numerous scholars from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Speakers include Alex Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University; Nora Alter, professor of film and media studies at the University of Florida; Claire Bishop, associate professor of art history in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; T.J. Demos, lecturer in the Department of History of Art at University College London; Tim Griffin, editor–in-chief of Artforum; Maria Hlavajova, curator and artistic director of basis voor actuele kunst (BAK) in the Netherlands; and Shepherd Steiner, visiting assistant professor in modern and contemporary art at UF.

The symposium, organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith and Alex Alberro, will offer a deeper understanding of the works on display in Project Europa. The exhibition questions the promise and potential of Europe’s democratic dream just past 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Featuring large-scale wall paintings, photography and video, the exhibition confronts a paradox: Europe is both the site of possibility and impossibility for creating an egalitarian society. The exhibition features 19 international artists, including Francis Alÿs, Fikret Atay, Kader Attia, Maja Bajević, Yto Barrada, Tacita Dean, Beate Gütschow, Jens Haaning, Susan Hefuna, Eva Leitolf, Aernout Mik, Marcel Odenbach, Dan Perjovschi, Marjetica Potrč, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Bruno Serralongue, Superflex and Lidwien Van de Ven. The exhibition will be on view at the Harn Museum until May 9.

The symposium is co-sponsored by UF groups, including the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History, School of Art + Art History, Center for European Studies, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, France-Florida Research Institute and the International Center.

For more information, visit http://www.harn.ufl.edu/projecteuropaexhibition.html or call 352-392-9826.

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