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SEPTEMBER 20–22, 2019





Opening Night: September 19 
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20–22, 2019
Opening Night: September 19

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20 — 22, 2019


The Classroom presents informal lectures, readings, screenings, and other activities by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. The program series highlights exciting new releases and fosters dialogue around important themes within contemporary art publishing and the broader community. Organized by David Senior, Head of Library and Archives, SFMOMA.

CL = The Classroom, located on the 2nd floor
CLT = The Classroom in the Basement Theater

11:00 am—12:00 pm

Mirror/Echo/Tilt, with Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith

                Coinciding with their exhibition at the New Museum, artists Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith will launch and discuss Mirror/Echo/Tilt. Half experimental catalogue and half living curriculum, the publication is one part of a pedagogical project created by the artists to examine the language and gestures used to describe experiences of arrest and incarceration and to counter culturally embedded conceptions of criminality. Presented by Pacific. ︎

12:00—1:00 pm

Oblique Time with Claude Parent, with Benjamin Seror

                On the occasion of the release, Oblique Time with Claude Parent, artist and editor Benjamin Seror presents a visual trajectory of the development of Claude Parent’s drawing practice. Over six decades, architect Claude Parent (Paris, 1923–2016) developed an experimental body of work with the belief that the most effective way to build a city was based on the function oblique—designing architecture using only slanted floors. The book covers two years during which Seror and curator Mai Abu ElDahab interviewed Parent about his adventurous professional life: from his collaboration with Paul Virilio, to his Tour de France promoting the oblique, to his controversial engagement with the French state to design nuclear power stations. Most importantly, the publication and presentation introduce Parent's passion for risk-taking as the elementary tool needed to bring architecture out of its restrictive conventions. Presented by Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite. ︎

1:00—2:00 pm

As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now? with Chloë Bass, Ken Chen, and Lori Cole, moderated by Roger White

                Paper Monument's 2018 anthology, As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?, surveyed 30 curators on the contemporary social role and responsibilities of art institutions. From Sackler divestment to protests against Whitney board members, art institutions continue to make headlines and evolve in the public eye. How do institutions envision and engage with their audiences in this changing landscape? What do we ask of institutions, and what do—or could—they give us? Editor Roger White will moderate a panel discussion that reflects on contributions to the anthology in light of 2019's protests and refusals. Presented by Paper Monument. ︎

2:00—3:00 pm

Notes on Fundamental Joy; seeking the elimination of oppression through the social and political transformation of the patriarchy that otherwise threatens to bury us, with Carmen Winant and Justine Kurland

               Is it possible to side-step patriarchy all together? Can artmaking give shape to feminist liberation struggle? What capacitates the building of anti-capitalist worlds? Carmen Winant and photographer Justine Kurland deliver two presentations — set to a score of found and self authored images and video — about the political power of dropping out (refusing male supremacy; believing in a system yet unseen) as it concerns photography and the radical feminist imaginary. This program is held on occasion of Winant’s book Notes on Fundamental Joy; seeking the elimination of oppression through the social and political transformation of the patriarchy that otherwise threatens to bury us, a treatise on lesbian feminist separatism published by Printed Matter Inc. ︎

2:00—3:30 pm

Donald Judd Interviews, with Barbara Rose and Caitlin Murray

              Donald Judd Interviews is the first of its kind, presenting sixty interviews with the artist over the course of four decades. It is the companion volume to the critically acclaimed and bestselling Donald Judd Writings. This collection of interviews engages a diverse range of topics, from philosophy and politics to Judd’s insightful critiques of his own work and the work of others such as Mark di Suvero, Edward Hopper, Yayoi Kusama, Barnett Newman, and Jackson Pollock. The publication also gathers a substantial body of unpublished material across a range of mediums, such as radio and film, including extensive interviews with art historians Lucy R. Lippard and Barbara Rose. Preceding the book’s November 2019 debut, Barbara Rose will be in conversation with Caitlin Murray, co-editor of the book, director of Marfa programs, and archivist at Judd Foundation. The two will revisit Rose’s dialogues with Judd, explore the way in which Judd’s contributions in interviews, panels, and extemporaneous conversations are marked by his forthright manner and rigorous thinking, as well as the role of the artist in dialogue with art critics, art historians, and contemporaries. Presented by David Zwirner Books and Judd Foundation. ︎
3:00—4:00 pm

Unlearning Philanthropy, with Sara Reisman, Avi Alpert, and Sreshta Rit Premnath

                The former Vice Chairman of the Whitney Museum's Board of Trustees, whose wealth is garnered from the sale of arms and defense technology, recently stepped down in response to protests. The nonprofit sector, which includes academic institutions, museums, and non-commercial art institutions, depends primarily on philanthropy. Tracing the financial sources used to support these institutions reveals many such "contradictions within our culture"—a phrase used by the director of the Whitney to deflect criticism. We must ask whether, in a capitalist system, it is at all possible to conceive of funding models for art institutions and the academy that circumvent such contradictions. To launch Shifter 24: Learning and Unlearning, we will consider how we can unlearn philanthropy. Presented by Shifter Magazine. ︎

3:30—5:00 pm

Tony Conrad: Knowing with Television

                In celebration of the launch of EAI’s distribution of Tony Conrad’s moving image work, EAI presents a screening of videos underscoring his interest in experimenting with television as a public-facing artform. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion with Andrew Lampert, Alan Licht, and C. Spencer Yeh. The event will also look ahead to a number of forthcoming events and publications featuring the artist and his work. Presented by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). ︎

4:00—5:00 pm

The A to Z of Conflict, with Sharmini Pereira and Emile Molin

                The A to Z of Conflict is a tri-lingual artists’ book by ten contemporary artists: Abdul Halik Azeez, Muhanned Cader, Arjuna Gunarathne, Nina Mangalanayagam, Nillanthan, Anomaa Rajakaruna, T. Shanaathanan, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Kamala Vasuki. It imagines what a commonplace children’s ABC book would look like if all the entries were chosen in relation to words about conflict, and words borne out of conflict. The project uses English, Sinhala, and Tamil—the three languages spoken in Sri Lanka, a country torn apart by a brutal civil war. From afar, the compendium of entries testifies to the ways language defines us linguistically, socially, and politically. Up close, it reveals how the complex workings of language have the potential to conjoin and divide us. Each copy of The A to Z of Conflict is bound in one of six combinations, reflecting how three languages can be positioned without giving one language greater status over the other. The talk will be a conversation between Sharmini Pereira, Director of Raking Leaves, and Emile Molin, designer of The A to Z of Conflict︎

5:00—6:00 pm

The Held Essays on Visual Art, with Jonathan T.D. Neil and Alexander Nagel

                Rail Editions, the publishing imprint of the Brooklyn Rail, will launch The Held Essays on Visual Art, a collection of essays that take on the state of our contemporary visual culture and the ideas that march under the banner of art and politics. Edited by Jonathan T.D. Neil and Alexander Nagel, it includes over two dozen texts by seminal writers across disciplines from art history, critical theory, fiction, and criticism such as Claire Bishop, David Levi Strauss, T.J. Demos, Ariella Azoulay, and Sheila Heti. As a chronological collection, it is a slice of shifting and evolving thoughts on art and politics, a topic that becomes more urgent every day. In light of current debates over arts funding, this topic remains more relevant than ever. This session, with Gaby Collins-Fernandez and Martha Schwendener, will include an overview of the book's scope and development, and will feature a selection of the essayists in conversation with one of the editors. ︎

5:00—6:30 pm

Public Actions: Editions with Performance Artists and Sculptors, with Xenobia Bailey, Chakaia Booker, Renee Cox, Ayana Evans, Seung-Min Lee, and Glendalys Medina

                Engaged in collaborative and participatory practice within their performance and sculptural work, Chakaia Booker, Renee Cox, Ayana Evans, Glendalys Medina, Xenobia Bailey and Seung-Min Lee discuss how they maintain improvisational and experimental rigor in their most recent publications with EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. 

6:00—7:00 pm

Dieter Roth: Pages, with Elena Volpato

                Elena Volpato, curator of the Contemporary Art Collection at GAM in Turin, presents Dieter Roth: Pages, published by FLAT Art Book Fair. For the first time, this book brings together all the diaries, notebooks, Copy books, and artists’ books of one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century art. Dieter Roth not only poured his entire life into countless pages, but made the book his forma mentis—the creative fulcrum of his work as an artist. He gave life to an untiring, endless production of pages in accordance with the principle of continuous variation. More than twenty years after his death, his works continue to represent an inexhaustible source of inspiration for contemporary artists. Dieter Roth: Pages contains not only the complete catalogue of the artist’s publications and unpublished pages, but also texts by the editor, Elena Volpato, Lawrence Weiner, and Pavel Büchler. Presented by Corraini Edizioni, with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. ︎