Thursday 12/14/17 7PM
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Conversations · Exhibition-Related

What’s Wrong with Rights?

Cover Image:

House of Ladosha, Untitled (a carry), 2017 (detail of production image). Courtesy the artists

A live stream of this event will begin at 7 PM.

As contentious debates surrounding political correctness, freedom of expression, and identity politics have come to dominate national discourse—conversations foregrounded by extreme acts of violence and hate speech—negotiating the paradoxical perils of rights comes with new urgency. In conjunction with “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” the New Museum will host a panel discussion with the exhibition’s advisory group: Lia Gangitano, Ariel Goldberg, Jack Halberstam, Fred Moten, and Eric A. Stanley. Participants consider the current state and stakes of expression and freedom as they intersect with power structures tied to race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. Conversations will range from trigger warnings and safe spaces on college campuses to the pitfalls of neoliberal campaigns for legal reforms around marginalized communities.


Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Full support for “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” can be viewed here.

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