Saturday, November 16, 6pm
Katy Siegel joins Lane Relyea to discuss his new book YOUR EVERYDAY ART WORLD
"The hierarchical and restrictive structure of the museum is being replaced by temporary projects scattered across the globe, staffed by free agents hired on short-term contracts, viewed by spectators defined by their predisposition to participate and make connections. In his book, Lane Relyea analyzes the new networked, participatory art world — hailed by some as inherently democratic — in terms of the pressures of part-time temp work in a service economy, the calculated stockpiling of business contacts, and the anxious duty of being a “team player” at work. Relyea calls attention to certain networked forms of art — including relational aesthetics, multiple or fictive artist identities, and bricolaged objects — that can be seen to oppose the values of neoliberalism rather than romanticizing and idealizing them.”
The book is published by MIT Press and will be available for purchase at the event.
Lane Relyea is Chair of the Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University in Chicago. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including Artforum, Afterall, Parkett, Frieze, Modern Painters, Art in America and Flash Art. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia from 1991-2001 and was the director of the Core Program and Art History at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas before joining Northwestern. He is currently editor of Art Journal.
Katy Siegel is Associate Professor of Art History and chief curator of the galleries at Hunter College and a contributing editor to Artforum. She has written many essays on modern and contemporary artists, including Paul Pfeiffer, David Reed, Bernard Frize, and most recently, Mark Bradford. She was also the curator of “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975”, which toured internationally. Recent books are Since ‘45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art, from Reaktion, and Abstract Expressionism, from Phaidon.