The Serenity of Madness at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, installation view, MCAD Manila, 2017, courtesy of MCAD Manila.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
September 15–December 8, 2018

Opening Reception
Friday, September 15, 6:00–9:00 pm

Presented in conjunction with EXPO Chicago art fair’s Art After Hours

Curatorial Tour
Monday, September 18, 12:00–1:00 pm
Led by curator Gridthiya Gaweewong (MA 1996), Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok

SAIC Visiting Artists Program
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 pm

The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

Screening Series at The Gene Siskel Film Center
This series includes select films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul throughout the month of October. Featured titles include: Cemetery of Splendor, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Syndromes and a Century, and Tropical Malady.
Please refer to The Gene Siskel Film Center for dates, times, and admission costs

“Tropical Malady: Queerness and Political Critique in the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul”
Wednesday, October 4, 6:00 pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Lecture by visiting scholar Arnika Fuhrmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

This talk investigates the ability of Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul to mobilize the distinctly local while at the same time producing transnationally legible aesthetics of visual representation. It pays special attention to the ways in which Weerasethakul draws on Buddhism to present political critique and represent queerness in innovative ways.

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic and political modernities. Her book Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema (Duke University Press, 2016) examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality, personhood, and notions of collectivity in contemporary Thai cinema and political rhetoric.

For more information visit the Sullivan Galleries’s website

September 15, 2017 - December 8, 2017


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