Cover Image: “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module,” 2014. Exhibition View: New Museum. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner
With special guests Lesley Ma and Yehuda E. Safran, “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” Co-curator Georg Schöllhammer will host an informal launch of the book Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-Garde. This was published as part of the Sweet Sixties project (2010–13), a long-term trans-regional research initiative working between art, media, and educational contexts in Europe, the Middle East, western and central Asia, Latin America, and northern Africa. Involving a particular group of experimentally oriented arts and research groups as well as individual artists, researchers, and media, Sweet Sixties investigates hidden histories or underexposed cultural junctions and exchange channels in the revolutionary period of the 1960s.
Lesley Ma is Curator of Ink Art at M+, Hong Kong, and Managing Editor of Para Site Books. From 2005 to 2009, Ma was a Project Director at Cai Studio in New York and coordinated Cai Guo-Qiang’s West Coast debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2012. She contributed to the Hong Kong Art History Research Pilot Project initiated by the Asia Art Archive and co-curated the Para Site exhibition, “The Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan” in 2013. Ma is a coeditor of the artist publication Lovely Daze, and a contributing writer for ArtAsiaPacific, Art Collection + Design, Chuan Art Journal, and Asia Art Archive-America. Her doctoral thesis in progress at the University of California, San Diego, is focused on abstract paintings in 1960s Taiwan.
Yehuda E. Safran studied art at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London, architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, and philosophy at University College, London. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmith’s College, University of London; the Royal College of Art, London; and the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. He was a fellow of the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism and Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois, as well as at Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has published in 9H, Casabella, Domus, Sight and Sound, Paris Match, Lotus, A+U, AA Files, Prototypo, Metalocus, Abitare, The Plan, artpress, and others. With Steven Holl and others, he was Editor of 32 Beijing / New York, and one of the editors of Springerin, Vienna. He is the author of Mies van der Rohe (2000). He curated the Frederick Kiesler show at the Architectural Association (1989) and the Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition and publication The Architecture of Adolf Loos (1985), among others. He was a trustee of 9h gallery, a founding member of the Architecture Foundation, London, and a member of the International College of Philosophy, Paris. Currently, he lives and works in New York, where he directs the Potlatch journal and the Research Lab for Art and Architecture, and teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In addition, he is a consultant to Steven Holl Architects.
Free with Museum admission.
Running time: One hour
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