Christel Vesters

CANCELED

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

This talk has been canceled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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In her talk, Christel Vesters will reflect on the concept of ‘visual art as knowledge’ and the idea of art as resistant knowledge, or, as the South African art historian Sarat Maharaj formulates it, art generating its own epistemological map. The lecture will explore different examples in which artists and other cultural producers over the years have challenged the dominant ideas around knowledge and knowledge production, especially those projects that adopt or imitate the structures, systems and devices of ‘official’ knowledge systems and tweak, question or subvert their ‘canonical’ status, whilst at the same time proposing an alternative.

Christel Vesters is an art historian, writer and curator based in Amsterdam and London. Christel studied art history and curating in Amsterdam, New York and London, and holds an MA in Art History from the University in Amsterdam. Christel recently started her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London on the subject of contemporary art and the representation and production of alternative art knowledge systems. Christel is currently the MondriaanFund curator at Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies.

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Christel Vesters
Studio Beta
May 7, 2014, 11AM

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA