Comradeship Reading Group: The Museum of Contemporary Art

Comradeship Reading Group: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
6:30 – 8 PM

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

Throughout 2019 ICI is reading and thinking through Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe. This selection of texts by Zdenka Badovinac, 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.

On June 25 we are reading the fourth chapter “The Museum of Contemporary Art,” translated by Rawley Grau and originally presented at the international colloquium“História E(m) Movimento: MAM 60 anos” [History and(in) Movement: MAM 60 Years], Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, November 2008. The conversation will be co-led by art historian and writer, Carlos Kong and researcher and writer, Lynn Maliszewski.

ICI’s 2019 Comradeship Reading Group is open to the public and co-led by a group of 14 core participants: Shehab Awad, Jess Barbagallo, Margot Bouman, Kate Fowle, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, Amanda Parmer, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Birgit Rathsmann, Cory Tamler, Mike Tan and Jovana Stokic. In these monthly sessions we consider 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 draw out and think through in conversation.

Order 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. A PDF of the chapter that will be discussed event will be emailed upon RSVP.

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.

Image Caption:Left to right: John Dunn, Zdenka Badovinac, and Tomaž Mastnak, at the symposium Living with Genocide - The War on Bosnia, Political Theory and Art, held at Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 1996

June 25, 2019

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Carlos Kong

Carlos Kong is a writer, art historian, and curator. He is a correspondent for Flash Art, and has contributed to various art publications and curatorial programs in Europe and the US. He is pursuing a PhD at Princeton, where he researches across contemporary art and film from Europe through the Middle East. He received a Fulbright Scholarship for his dissertation on queer performances of migration between Germany and Turkey.

Lynn Maliszewski

Lynn Maliszewski is based in Brooklyn, New York. Maliszewski has written for publications including ARTnews, The Brooklyn Rail,, Whitewall, and OSMOS, among others. Between 2015 and 2017, she attended the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, to research the history of printed matter and samizdat arts publishing in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. Since 2012, her research and archival interests have led her to the Museum of Modern Art; MoMA PS1; Printed Matter; e-flux; Primary Information; and CUE Art Foundation. She has curated exhibitions of new work by Huma Bhabha, Jeremy Olson, Max Razdow, and Jesse Bransford. She is currently a director at Callicoon Fine Arts in Manhattan. Maliszewski continues to pursue research related to artists’ books, generating dialogue between publishing as artistic practice and the ways in which information is circulated via visual arts.

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