International Symposium States of Emergency: Objects as Agency, circa 1970

International Symposium States of Emergency: Objects as Agency, circa 1970

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Lee Ufan, “Relatum” (formerly “Phenomenon and Perception A”), 1969/2011.
Photo by Kristopher McKay.

September 6, 2011

States of Emergency:
Objects as Agency, circa 1970

September 16, 2011

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Ave at 89th St
New York City

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to announce States of Emergency: Objects as Agency, circa 1970, a daylong international symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity on view through September 28, 2011.

On Friday, September 16, starting at 12 pm, leading scholars and artists will discuss the “disappearance” of the art object in art practices around the world circa 1970 in light of the various social and political movements that were happening at the same time. Co-organizers David Joselit, Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum, ask how does the “end” of the art object proclaimed in a startling number of locations demonstrate the end of both aesthetic and political modernity, and the advent of a de-centered globalism characterized more by crisis than revolution?

Topics and speakers include:

Objects as Political Agency
Mika Yoshitake (Tokyo) on Mono-ha: Structures of Disappearance
Joan Kee (Ann Arbor) and Lee Ufan (Kamakura & Paris) in conversation

Agency of The Everyday
Romy Golan (New York) on Italy in 1970: The Missing Structure
Stefano Chiodi (Milan) and Luigi Ontani (Rome) in conversation

Agency in Action
Amelia Jones (Montreal) on Art as Material Trace
Tania Bruguera (New York & Havana), Luis Camnitzer (New York), and Nicolas Guagnini (New York) in conversation
Branden Joseph (New York) on Biomusic

Writing a Global History of Art, circa 1970
David Joselit and Alexandra Munroe on The Possibilities of Comparative Discourse

A reception immediately follows the program.

For more information and tickets, please visit or call 212 423 3587.
Program subject to change.

Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity is made possible with lead sponsorship from Samsung. Major support is provided by the Korea Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by The Japan Foundation. Additional support is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The Leadership Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

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