The Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art was established in memory of Max Wasserman (MIT Class of 1935), a founding member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. This public forum was endowed through the generosity of the late Jeanne Wasserman and addresses critical issues in contemporary art and culture through the participation of renowned scholars, artists, and arts professionals. The Forum is organized and presented by the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
As the List Center celebrates it 30th Anniversary this fall, MIT is proud to present this year’s Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art: Public Art and the Commons, November 13-14, 2015.
Free and open to the general public – however registration for this event is required. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-wasserman-forum-on-contemporary-art-tickets-18746702893.
Public art has emerged as a crucial term over the past decade in response to conditions of intensifying economic and political precarity. Artists have renewed a dialogue on those social and cultural resources held in common, including media, education, the environment, and housing. The two-day conference addresses that development as practitioners from the visual arts, critical theory, and political activism examine public art from multiple perspectives.
This year’s Wasserman Forum will also feature a tour of Lawrence Weiner’s new mural commission A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER (2015) Dewey Square Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, and a tour of MIT’s Public Art Collection.
The Forum kicks off with a keynote address by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn on Friday, November 13.
On Saturday, November 14, the Forum continues with a series of panel discussions. Guest panelists include: Jasmina Metwaly (Artist, Cairo); Philip Rizk (Filmmaker, Cairo); Hakan Topal (Artist, New York); Jodi Dean (Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York); Daniel van der Velden (Graphic Designer, Metahaven, Amsterdam); Lawrence Weiner (Artist, New York); Lina Viste Grønli (Artist, Cambridge, MA); Bill Arning (Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston). Panels will be moderated by Henriette Huldisch (Curator, List Center); Alise Upitis (Assistant Curator, List Center); and Gediminas Urbonas (Associate Professor, Director, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology).
The Forum will take place at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theater, Lower Level. Times vary – visit https://listart.mit.edu/events-programs/max-wasserman-forum for full schedule.