Comradeship: reading group

Throughout 2019 ICI will be reading and thinking through Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe. This selection of texts by Zdenka Badinovac, edited by J. Myers-Szupinska, gathers twenty years of writings from disparate and hard-to-find sources alongside new texts from the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Introductory Text: Zdenka Badovinac in Conversation with J. Myers-Szupinska.
Pages 11-34

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Body and the East
Pages 41-66

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Form-Specific Art
Pages 67-88

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibitions; History: Interrupted Histories
Pages 89-102

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Contemporaneity; Repetition: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Pages 103-120

ICI’s 2019 Comradeship Reading Group will be co-led by a group of Core Participants, selected by application, in a series of monthly sessions. In this group we will bring together artists, curators, musicians, writers and other cultural producers to consider the twenty years of writing by the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac collected in her publication Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, published by ICI in 2019. The application for Core Participants may be found here. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019.

The Comradeship Reading Group discussions be open to the public and will be co-lead by 13-15 Core Participants that commit to attending a majority of the meetings over the course of 2019 and currently includes Kate Fowle and Amanda Parmer. We ask that all Core Participants commit to attending three of the five meetings scheduled thus far, listed above, and nine of the fourteen that will be scheduled in total over the year. We will also ask that those selected to participate in this core group lead two of the discussions and contribute regularly to the conversation. Group members will be selected on the basis of their interests and ability to commit to the majority of meetings. Those who may have difficulty with meeting these requirements should join the public sessions that suit your schedule instead. In recognition of the time commitment and intellectual contributions of each member ICI offers an honorarium of $300. The conversations will be open to the public.

In this reading group we will be considering how the breadth of material Badovinac covers in her collected writing intersects with our contemporary and respective work in the context of New York in 2019. Topics Badovinac addresses in her writing include questions of alterity, decolonization, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic models, instating institutions, parallel and subordinate histories, Laibach, punk and alternative music scenes, code switching, multiculturalism, duration and performance, standardization, the body as a medium for games of power and control, self-determination and self-management, IRWIN, hybridity, critiques of the modernist understanding of quality, quantification of everyday life, allegory, memory and sustainability. These are only a handful of the many incisive connections that Badovinac’s writing elicits, which we look forward to drawing out and thinking through in conversation with you. 

Preorder Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe by Zdenka Badovinac, published by ICI. Available here.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with READING GROUP in the subject line.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

February 19, 2019

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Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is the chief curator for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Director-at-Large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York, where she was Executive Director from 2009-13. Prior to this she was the inaugural International Curator at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. From 2002-2007 Fowle was Chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which she co-founded in 2001. Before moving to the United States she was Co-Director of Smith + Fowle in London (1996-2001) and Curator at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne (1993-6).

Amanda Parmer

Amanda Parmer is the Director of Programs at Independent Curators International. She previously worked as the Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and is a 2009-10 Whitney Independent Study Program Helena Rubenstein Curatorial Fellow. She has organized diverse exhibitions, programs and events with artists, collectives, curators and thinkers at Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music‬, Cleopatra’s Brooklyn and Berlin, The Cooper Union, e-flux, High Line‬, The Kitchen, New Museum, The New School, The New York Armory and Volta Shows and Sunview Luncheonette. She was a co-organizer of the LEGACY and PERSONA New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collection of Ideas and has taught at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she initiated Parmer, a curatorial platform for exhibiting, programming and writing based in New York that focuses on queer and feminist strategies and post-colonial analysis.

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