About the event

Recent oppositional movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter have demonstrated how acts of cultural-political resistance and commemoration are closely linked to questions of space and public access.

Andrea Geyer’s video Insistence (2013) shows the hand of the artist stacking black and white photographs of women, who were radically involved in socio-political movements, cultural producers and founders of major institutions of art. The video inserts a narrative about women and modernism that has been lost in the art history of period. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

These screenings, discussions and the conference will explore how an image, an art object, and/or performance can not only refer to some past occurrence, but can also perform and project its agency into a world beyond its initial presentation. How does one’s position vis-à-vis such struggles enable or obstruct our ability to see, read, or understand art? How does alterity intersect and illuminate challenges to frameworks of power, or reconfigure our approaches to pictorial, choreographic, and/or physical space? These questions have been at the fore of national and international politics and are relevant to artists across media ranging from painting to performance.

This screening is part of the programming for the upcoming Shift Conference on March 17, 2016.

Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Art History, and the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY.