12 September 2017 - 2 February 2018
Tension and Conflict
MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal
Co-curated by Pedro Gadanho and Luisa Santos
[The exhibition will include A Few Howls Again and Like a Clap of Thunder.]
13 September 2017 - 2 February 2018
That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on:
The Kitchen, New York
Curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, Jared Quinton, and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe
May 23-June 10
[The exhibition includes A Few Howls Again and Like a Clap of Thunder.]
May 25 to June 25, 2017
FRAME BY FRAME
Callicoon Fine Arts
A group exhibition with works by Etel Adnan, Cy Gavin, Kahlil Irving, Silvia Kolbowski, Jumana Manna, and Ulrike Müller
Opening reception: Thursday, May 25th, 6 to 8pm
[Includes "Missing Asher."]
a short text included in Out of Place, a publication
of Skulptur Projekte Munster, Spring 2017,
distributed by frieze. Now on the texts/interviews page
of this website.
March 23-April 23, 2017
You May Add or Subtract from the Work:
On the work of Christopher D'Arcangelo and Michael Asher
[The exhibition includes my 2017 video loop, "Missing Asher.".]
Critics' Picks, Artforum:
In 1977, artist Christopher DArcangelo placed a blank centerfold in the journal of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art along with a note suggesting that readers paste the insert to the institutes walls. Blank would meet blank: The artist exhibiting there at the time was Michael Asher, who, as usual, hung nothing, but instead hired folks to spend their days in the gallery at four bucks an hour. From that historical intersection comes this shows historicizing axis. Curators Simon Leung and Sébastien Pluot present original scholarship on Asher and DArcangelo, including video interviews conducted by Pluot and Dean Inkster with the likes of Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and Lawrence Weiner; vintage ephemera; and copies of Ashers collected writings, and a 1978 Artists Space catalogue in which DArcangelo had his name replaced by blank space. Recent works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Emilie Parendeau, and Silvia Kolbowski each reflect an explicit engagement with one of these influential artists.
Kolbowski's video Missing Asher, 2017, for instance, relates her hunt for a previous homage to the artist and presents her droopy 1990 brochure of Asher quotes. DArcangelo and Asher would likely have appreciated such recursions. In their way, they both insisted that artworks and art history dont make themselves. DArcangelo once exhibited an hourly accounting of his day job refurbishing lofts. Thus, the curators prominent placement of the Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) poster Wo/Manifesto, 2014, the last line of which reads W.A.G.E.DEMANDS PAYMENT FOR MAKING THE WORLD MORE INTERESTING. Clearly, its not enough to muse over the variously inequitable conditions of display, nor to top up the slim honoraria of art workers with the vague benefits of brand recognition. The four dollars an hour paid to Ashers participants, adjusted for inflation, meets the W.A.G.E. standard for performers. Rare is the artist today who could say the same.
April 18, 2017
Dead Subjects Speak
2nd Annual Brabson Filmmaker Lecture
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Organized by Monika Weiss
Friday, March 3, 7pm
Screening of A Few Howls Again at
Northwestern University Block Museum of Art
as part of the program:
The Gay Left: Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism
Together with Bruce LaBruces The Raspberry Reich, 2004
Organized by Thomas Love
Installation Art and the Practices of Archivalism
David Houston Jones, Associate Professor of
French Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter, UK
With an extensive analysis of After Hiroshima Mon Amour,
in a chapter entitled
"The Relational Archive: Silvia Kolbowski and Eija-Liisa Ahtila."
Find book here (cut and paste):
Another article by David Jones on After Hiroshima Mon Amour, "The inadequate archive: ethical remaking in Silvia Kolbowskis After Hiroshima mon amour," can be read here (cut and paste):
Just what is it that makes today's museums so different,
so appealing? Notes on a Museum of Resistance
My contribution to the "Returning" online platform at
San Francisco MoMA, by Grupa O.K.
April 15 - July 23, 2016
Tues - Sat, 2:30 - 7:30
Opening 7pm, April 14
an inadequate history of conceptual art
Institut national d'histoire de l'art
Galerie Colbert, salle Roberto Longhi
2 rue Vivienne our
6 rue des Petits-Champs
Une table ronde autour dan inadequate history of conceptual art
se tiendra en salle Walter
Benjamin le vendredi 15 avril à 11 heures
et réunira, autour des notions darchives, de mémoire
Silvia Kolbowski, Sébastien Pluot, Larisa Dryansky et Johanne Lamoureux.
[ Curated by Johanne Lamoureux; Poster: Marc Riou]
EXTENDED THROUGH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016:
The first full installation of an inadequate history of conceptual art
in New York since its first installation at American Fine Arts in 1999.
In the group exhibition:
In Place Of
Curated by Leah Pires
Miguel Abreu Gallery
88 Eldridge Street, New York
January 10th through February 7th, 2016
From the press release:
"This exhibition brings together work that, in various ways, might be understood
as placeholders: for objects withdrawn for legal or political reasons; for absent bodies;
for anticipated content; for unfulfilled desires or needs; for the otherwise forgotten; for
those who choose to drop out; or simply because a surrogate was good enough."
[Photo, top: Stephen Faught; Photo, bottom: Dushko Petrovich ]
Lecture: Dead Subjects Speak
Carnegie Mellon School of the Arts
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5pm
"Like a clap of thunder" video finished. Now up on project page.
Actor: Abigail Collins. Co-editor: Harold Batista
Rasterization: Maxim Kolbowski-Frampton.
A discussion at Cabinet Magazine
The Magazine as Medium 2: The Questionnaire
Panelists: Hal Foster and Silvia Kolbowski
Moderated by Lori Cole
Monday, 11 May 2015
What is the avant-garde? What constitutes political art? What should Latin
American art be? These are just a few of the questionnaires issued by
editors from the late nineteenth
century through the present in publications
ranging from La Révolution
Surréaliste to the Partisan Review to Artforum.
evening's panelists will examine both the impulse to issue questionnaires
and their relationship to aesthetics: Hal Foster will discuss several
questionnaires from October on visual culture, the contemporary, and
aesthetics, while Silvia Kolbowski will focus on the difference between the
questionnaire on feminism she issued in October in 1995 and her use of the form
in the context of her installation an inadequate
history of conceptual art.
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
FREE. No RSVP necessary
2014 Grantee of the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers
Program for blog category
A conversation with Silvia Kolbowski
by Chrysanne Stathacos and Susan Silas
on the MOMMY website
Exhibition: "A Letter Always Arrives at its Destination"
Centre de Culture Contemporaine - Montpellier
July 18, 2014-September 21, 2014
Co-Curated by Franck Bauchard and Sebastien Pluot
(photos by Olivier Cablat; courtesy La Panacee)
A WAR E
Mona Hatoum, Adela Jusic, Silvia Kolbowski, Paky Vlassopoulou
26 July - 1 August 2014
Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos
Syros International Film Festival
Above: Production still from upcoming video project on Rosa Luxemburg (March).
Lecture: After Hiroshima Mon Amour
April 7, 2014
Department of the History of Art
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
"Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology"
Above: Proximity to Power, installed in Take It or Leave It. P2P can also be found in book form.
Take It or Leave It
February 9, 2014 - May 18, 2014
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Lecture: Dead Subjects Speak
Siri, 2012, Silvia Kolbowski by Zoe Harris.
In Art by Telephone...Recalled,curated by Sebastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, and other locations.
Lecture: Dead Subjects Speak
September 25, 2012 Cooper Union Interdisciplinary Seminar 41 Cooper Square, 7pmhttp://cooper.edu
A few howls again? in Silvia Kolbowski and Naeem Mohaiemen
Co-presented by Off-Screen, Images Festival and A-Space, Toronto April 12-May 26, 2012Globe and Mail review
A few howls again? on public television, Argentina
Screening: A few howls again? and Bambule (script by Ulrike Meinhof)
Panel discussion: Silvia Kolbowski, Judith Rodenbeck;
organized and moderated by Pati Hertling.
January 15, 2012
208 Bowery, 2nd floor
Lecture: an inadequate archive of conceptual art
February 7, 2012
Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts, Tours Angers Le Mans
Lecture: The research that cannot speak its name.
Conference on aesthetic research in practice and pedagogy.
February 9-10, 2012
L'École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Belleville
60, bd. De la Villette, Paris
Lecture: Dead Subjects Speak
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 17:30 - 18:30 Friends Lecture Series Art and Psychoanalysis: War in the Time of Peace Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre Courtauld Institute, London http://www.courtauld.ac.uk
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s
Curated by Helen Molesworth.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Winter 2012
(Traveling to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and ICA, Boston)
Dear Silvia...July 2009 Podcast and Pamplet
Dear Silvia...July 2009 is now available as a free podcast at http://fillip.ca
Dear Silvia...July 2009 is also available in pamphlet form; published by Fillip Editions, as part of Fillip, Issue 11. This issue also includes a related text by Antonia Hirsch, "Indirect Speech."
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