Tuesday 05/03/22 7PM
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Nasher Prize Dialogues: Public Figures

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(top left) Massimiliano Gioni, photo: Christine Rivera; (top right) Artist Fred Wilson/Photo Guy Ben-Ari, courtesy Pace Gallery; (bottom left) Self portrait. Hans Haacke, © Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; (bottom right) Tania Bruguera, photo: Claudio Fuentes

Join the New Museum and the Nasher Sculpture Center for a panel discussion exploring public art and monumental sculpture. At a time when both public art and the role of monuments are at the forefront of cultural discourse, artists Tania Bruguera, Hans Haacke, and Fred Wilson will discuss various critical approaches to these topics, including how their practices interrogate, or antagonize, the history and tradition of celebratory sculpture and representations of the human body within public space and institutions. This talk will be moderated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum.

About the Speakers

Tania Bruguera (b. 1968, Havana, Cuba) creates socially-engaged performances and installations through a practice she refers to as political-timing-specific art. For over twenty-five years, her research has uncovered the ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life and the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. Bruguera exposes the social effects of political forces on present global issues of power, migration, censorship, and repression through participatory works that turn viewers into active citizens. Bruguera is the 2021 Velazquez Prize recipient and the 2018 Tate Modern Hyundai Commissioned Artist.

Hans Haacke (b. 1936, Cologne, Germany) is an artist who lives and works in New York, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at New Museum of Contemporary Art (2019, 1986); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2012); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2011, 1967); X Initiative, New York (2009); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London (2001); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1996); Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (1995); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989); Tate London (1984); Renaissance Society, Chicago (1979); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1979); Modern Art Oxford, UK (1978); and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1976), among others. He has participated in international exhibitions, including documenta, Kassel (2017, 1997, 1987, 1982, 1972); Lyon Biennial (2017); Venice Biennale (2015, 2009, 1993, 1976); Liverpool Biennial (2014); Mercosul Biennial (2013); Sharjah Biennial (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2008); Whitney Biennial, New York (2000); Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997, 1987); Johannesburg Biennial (1997); Sydney Biennial (1990, 1984); São Paulo Biennial (1985); and Tokyo Biennial (1970). He won the prestigious Golden Lion (shared with Nam June Paik) at the Venice Biennale in 1993.

Fred Wilson (b.1954, Bronx, New York, NY) is a conceptual artist whose work investigates museological, cultural, and historical issues that are largely overlooked or neglected by museums and cultural institutions. Since his groundbreaking exhibition “Mining the Museum” (1992) at the Maryland Historical Society, Wilson has been the subject of more than forty solo exhibitions around the globe, including the retrospective “Objects and Installations 1979—2000,” which was organized by the Center for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His work has been exhibited extensively in museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Allen Memorial Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Institute of Jamaica, W.I.; the Museum of World Cultures, Sweden; the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; the British Museum; and the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Wilson’s work can be found in several public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Long Museum, Shanghai, Tate Modern in London, and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Wilson presented his exhibition “Afro Kismet” at the 2017 Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, which traveled to London, New York, and Los Angeles. Since 2008, Wilson has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He represented the United States at the Cairo Biennale (1992) and Venice Biennale (2003). His many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999); the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006); the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change fellowship (2018); and Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Award (2019).

Massimiliano Gioni (b. 1973, Busto Arsizio, Italy) is the Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum. He leads the Museum’s curatorial team and is responsible for the Museum’s exhibition program. As a member of the senior management team, he works closely with the Director and has broad responsibilities for museum-wide planning. Gioni has curated exhibitions by John Akomfrah, Pawel Althamer, Ed Atkins, Lynda Benglis, Tacita Dean, Nicole Eisenman, Urs Fischer, Hans Haacke, Camille Henrot, Carsten Höller, Kahlil Joseph, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sarah Lucas, Gustav Metzger, Marta Minujin, Chris Ofili, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Peter Saul, Nari Ward, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others. He has organized major group shows including “After Nature;” “Ostalgia;” “Here and Elsewhere;” “The Keeper;” and “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” (2021), an exhibition originally conceived by Okwui Enwezor and realized in collaboration with Naomi Beckwith, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash.

Gioni’s international exhibitions include “The Warmth of Other Suns” at the Phillips Collection (Washington DC, 2019); “The Restless Earth” (Milan, Triennale, 2017) and “The Great Mother” (Milan Expo at Palazzo Reale, 2015), both with the Trussardi Foundation; the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); 10th Gwangju Biennale (2010); New Museum Triennial (2009); Berlin Biennale (2006); and Manifesta 5 (2004).


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Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

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.

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