Events

Jan
26
Tue
Institutional Healing: Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Institutional Healing: Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska @ Zoom

Institutional Healing

Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska

Tuesday, January 26 2:30-4:30 pm EST

This event will take place on Zoom.

Please RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca and a Zoom Link will be sent out prior to the event.

The persistence of Covid-19 conditions sets the context for Marysia Lewandowska’s second In Practice presentation. Last summer her seminar, entitled What Constitutes the Site of Practice, offered reflections on living in London under lockdown following her It’s About Time project at the Venice Biennale. Continuing these investigations, Marysia’s public talk entitled Institutional Healing will survey how art institutions are increasingly becoming places of care, providing intellectual and spiritual sustenance to support the wellbeing of the public. Even during the pandemic, artists and curators have found ways to engage virtuality in order to transform formerly neglected values associated with sharing and caring into productive experiences of collectivity. This context has informed Marysia’s recent thinking as an artist-curator, which she will elaborate in relation to her new project at the healing baths at Baden, Baden, Germany.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born artist-curator based in London who has been exploring the public functions of institutions such as museums, galleries and archives for over twenty years. Her exhibitions, films and projects involving the property of others can be viewed at www.marysialewandowska.com

This event comprises the second component of In Practice, the 2020 Goldfarb Summer Institute curated by professors Jennifer Fisher and Barbara Balfour of the Department of Visual Art and Art History. In Practice continues to interrogate what it means to engage with “practice” as a lens for dynamic relationality, performativity and ethics in aesthetic expression. In Practice has featured collaborative, feminist, Indigenous, contemplative and activist practices in contemporary art and curating that impact personal, political and cultural transformation. Guest presenters for the summer seminars included Marysia Lewandowska, Karen Finley, Jess Dobkin, Lisa Myers, Emelie Chhangur, Marcus Boon and Gabe Levine.  

This event is organized by the Department of Visual Art and Art History in conjunction with Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology. We gratefully acknowledge the Goldfarb family’s generous support of Visual Art and Art History Summer Institute.

Image caption: Marysia Lewandowska, “It’s About Time,” film still, Venice 2019. 

 

 

Feb
3
Wed
CURATING PRESENCE IN ACUTE PALLIATIVE CARE: A MEDITATION ON MULTIPLICITY
Feb 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Lyn Smallwoord, The Black Bird (2020)

CURATING PRESENCE IN ACUTE PALLIATIVE CARE: A MEDITATION ON MULTIPLICITY

Public Talk with Marcia Brennan

The 2021 Goldfarb Annual Lecture

Wednesday, February 3, 2:30-4:30 pm EST

Please RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca and a Zoom Link will be sent out prior to the event.

Drawing on her creative clinical experiences in Acute Palliative Care, Professor Brennan will examine the ways in which the curatorial model might be expanded to consider how aesthetics can serve as a form of care for people facing the end of life. Just as the artworks are produced during critical junctures of transition, they often appear as meditations on multiplicity as people imagine various forms of presence. Dr. Brennan’s talk will be followed by a public conversation with Jennifer Fisher and questions from the audience.

Marcia Brennan is the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Humanities at Rice University, where she works in the fields of Art History, Religious Studies and the Medical Humanities. She also serves as a literary Artist in Residence in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her books include Life at the End of Life: Finding Words Beyond Words (Intellect), Curating Consciousness: Mysticism and the Modern Museum (MIT Press), Modernism’s Masculine Subjects: Matisse, the New York School and Post-Painterly Abstraction (MIT Press), and Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics (MIT Press).

This event is presented in conjunction with the nascent Art and Wellness initiative in the School of Art, Media, Performance and Design. Dr. Brennan’s work exemplifies the important role that artist and curatorial residencies can bring to practices of caring and curing in hospitals and other health care contexts.

Dr. Brennan’s lecture is organized by the Department of Visual Art and Art History in conjunction with Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology. We gratefully acknowledge the Goldfarb family for their generous support.

Image caption: Lyn Smallwood, The Black Bird (2020)