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An Index to Art & Politics: 25 Years of Vera List Center Fellowships

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

The index always comes at a juncture; it points to a thing but is not the thing itself; it is a tool and instrument of activation. As we celebrate the 25th Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship Anniversary on April 21, 2018, we consider the ways in which the Vera List Center Fellowship program is, in itself, an index—an initiative activated by the fellows who use local and hyperspecific instances of contemporary culture to speak to larger aesthetic, cultural, economic, and socio-political concerns. These indices yield specific questions such as those on resistance to and use of institutions, how to not speak the language of power, being a fugitive in a safe space, and protocols that sidestep decisions of power that culminate in a "manual of existence."

An Index to Art & Politics: 25 Years of Vera List Center Fellowships hosts a series of intimate conversations with and among our fellows whose work and ideas have been threaded through the Vera List Center, informing and informed by the Center over the past quarter of a century. The public dialogues evolve from private exchanges between the fellows that happened throughout the spring where they considered the interrelatedness of their individual fellowship projects with their current practice. The live event is complemented by a reader, an index that records and accounts for the generative engagements that undergird this symposium. Collectively they conjure the meaning, importance, and necessity of the interdisciplinary nature of our fellowship projects today. 

The day's conversations consider how each practitioner sees the ways that their historically located projects of the past are relevant in the present and how they point to the ways we may want to figure our shared futures. By recognizing the urgency to look at what needs to be done right now we look to the history of our fellows projects. The symposium's participants and contributions are drawn from and extend to the engagements facilitated between the VLC fellows in our An Index to Art & Politics: 25 Years of Vera List Center Fellowships reader. These include thefollowing VLC Fellows and the dates of their fellowships: Lawrence Abu Hamdan (2015-2017), Maurice Berger (1994), Wendy Ewald (2000), Casey Gollan (2015-2017), Margarita Gutman (2001), Susan Hapgood(1999), Sharon Hayes (2006-2007) Ashley Hunt (2006-2007), Bouchra Khalili (2011-2013), Lin + Lan(2009-2011), Jill Magid (2013-2015), Lorraine O'Grady (1997), Silvana Paternostro (1997), Alexander Provan(2013-2015), Walid Raad (2004-2005), Sarah Rothenberg (1995), Edward Rothstein (1999), Katya Sander (2006-2007), Robert Sember (2009-2011), Joshua Simon (2011-2013), Victoria Sobel (2015-2017), Elisabeth Sussman (1999), and Jonathan Weinberg (2002).

On April 21 Vera List Center Fellows from the past twenty five years will be participating in this afternoon of public conversations, including: Wendy EwaldCasey GollanSharon HayesAshley HuntBouchra KhaliliLorraine O'GradyAlexander ProvanRobert SemberJoshua SimonVictoria Sobel, and Jonathan Weinberg.

Presented by the Vera List Center. 

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