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Go & See: Tuesday 21 – Monday 27 October


Every week, BR&S picks out a series of gallery events, screenings, exhibitions, performances. Here are our choices for you to go & see:

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Wednesday 22 October

Mime directs traffic in Bogota, El Tiempo, 1995. Source: El Tiempo archives, Bogota, Colombia. Courtesy of Doris Sommer.

Pedro Reyes, Colloquium: A Conversation with Antanas Mockus
A round-table discussion organized in collaboration with Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative.

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria (Gallery 265)
7:30 - 8:30pm

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative host a conversation with Antanas Mockus, a Colombian philosopher, Green Party presidential candidate, and former mayor of Bogota, known for his use of creative political tactics and performance art to solve issues related to traffic and other major environmental and cultural concerns. Together with moderator Professor Doris Sommer of Harvard University, and respondent Professor Ana María Reyes of Boston University, Mockus discusses themes central to the topics of civic engagement and cultural agency. Using Sommer’s recent book, The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2013), and Mockus’s development of cultura ciudadana (civic culture) in Colombia as starting points, the group explores creativity as a driving force for active citizenship. Drawing from a foundation of academic inquiry and lived experience, they address the need for innovation, art, humor and improvisation in crafting a culture of civic engagement.

This conversation takes place around Pedro Reyes’s sculpture Colloquium as part of the exhibition "Conversation Piece." A multidisciplinary artist trained as an architect, Reyes draws from modernist furniture design, theatre, therapy, and the graphic arts. Each of this sculpture’s interlocking panels is cut in the shape of a blank cartoon "speech bubble" to scale with the human body - an open invitation for dialogue to ensue. Modeled after the classic Isamu Noguchi coffee table that harmoniously melds form and function, Colloquium is part of a series of works that serve as forums for conflict resolution. Its pristine surface and white color symbolize the potential of peaceful dialogue to engender social change. Over the course of the exhibition, three round-table discussions will be held around this sculpture, which also serves as a dynamic platform for impromptu conversation.

Free with Admission - No Ticket Required.

Visit the Facebook event page for updates.

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Wednesday 22 October

kijidome, 59 Wareham Street, Boston

A Reading of THE MIRACULOUS by Raphael Rubinstein
kijidome, 59 Wareham Street, Unit 1A, Boston, MA 02118
6pm / Free

Please join Raphael Rubinstein and Kijidome on Wednesday, October 22nd for a reading of THE MIRACULOUS.

Admission is free. Books will be available at the gallery.

THE MIRACULOUS presents the artistic avant-gardes of the last five decades as a tapestry of incidents as fascinating and unlikely as any collection of myths or legends. Thinking more of Kafka’s Parables than Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Rubinstein composes a series of micro-narratives celebrating the mystery and ingeniousness of these human activities which, for lack of a better term, we call "contemporary art." Featuring writing on fifty artists, including Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Lee Lozano, Tseng Kwong Chi, Cindy Sherman, David Hammons, and R.H. Quaytman.


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Thursday 23 October

Mark Bradford, The Winged Turtle, 2014.
Mixed media collage
Courtesy of the artist and White Cube.

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University presents
"The Painters' Table: Abstract and Otherwise"

Boston Athenæum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
2—7pm / Advance registration required

Coincident with the exhibition "Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters," the Rose Art Museum will host a symposium on October 23rd at the Boston Athenaeum that will address the status and stakes of painting today. Featuring some of the most significant art historians, curators, and artists thinking about contemporary painting, this three-part symposium will traverse art history, historiography, theory, criticism, curatorial thinking, and studio practice to provide a broad sketch of this compelling landscape.

The symposium, titled "The Painters' Table: Abstract and Otherwise," is separated into two sessions.

Afternoon session: 2—5pm
Paper presentations, 2pm
Richard Shiff (Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art; Director, Center for the Study of Modernism, University of Texas, Austin)
Suzanne Hudson (Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Southern California)

Curators Roundtable, 4pm
With Russell Ferguson (Adjunct Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), Mark Godfrey (Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, London), and Laura Hoptman (Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Moderated by Katy Siegel (Curator-at-Large, Rose Art Museum)

Evening session: 6—7pm
Artists panel, 6pm
With Mark Bradford, Laura Owens, David Reed, and Jack Whitten
Moderated by Hamza Walker (Associate Curator; Director of Education, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago)

Reception to follow.

Advance registration is required and can be completed here.

This program is sponsored in part by the Boston Athenaeum and the Hauser & Wirth Gallery and White Cube galleries.

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