Watch Now! The Goods: A Talk by Artist Maeve Brennan

The Goods: A Talk by Artist Maeve Brennan
Wednesday, March 3rd, 4:30 pm EST
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, online
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Join Notes for Tomorrow artist Maeve Brennan to learn more about her work in the show, The Goods.

The Goods was selected by Curatorial Intensive Alumna, Giulia Colletti.

The Goods is part of an ongoing series of billboards by Maeve Brennan, produced in collaboration with the forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis. The series draw from Tsirogiannis’ digital archive of over 30,000 images depicting more than 100,000 illicitly traded antique objects. The images give a sense of the largely invisible economy of the illegal antiques market, which is one of the most profitable, after weapons and drug trafficking. Tsirogiannis uses this archive to identify antiquities of potentially illicit origin in museums, collections, commercial galleries, and auction houses by comparing the objects to images from the confiscated archives of three convicted dealers. As a result of his work, the objects are often seized and repatriated to their country of origin.
Each billboard in the exhibition features an artifact identified by Tsirogiannis as illicitly traded and discovered in various locations, including Frieze Masters, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the private collection of the New York billionaire Michael Steinhardt. Embracing one of art theorist Ariella Azoulay’s most poignant definitions, The Goods seems to enact the practice of “potential history,” a rehearsal in non-imperial critical thinking not intended to “mend the worlds after violence but rewind[s] to the moment before the violence [of looting] occurred and [setting] off from there.” 
At a moment when there is increasing awareness of the relationships between colonialism and the histories of museum collections, Brennan sheds light on forms of exile and repatriation that affect dispossessed objects as much as the communities they belong to.”
Giulia Colletti (based in Turin, Italy)

This exhibition is on view from February 15-April 11, 2021. To learn more about the exhibition and programs at Cantor Fitgerzald Gallery click here.

The Goods: A Talk by Artist Maeve Brennan from Hurford Center on Vimeo.

Notes for Tomorrow features artworks selected by alumni of the Curatorial Intensive from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the tour launches in a cultural moment of transition, this exhibition is a source of inspiration from the recent past and provides guiding perspectives for the future. Notes for Tomorrow address art’s potential in the construction of collective memory in a global era. We learn the importance of sustaining and sharing different forms of knowledge, prompting us to re-imagine our conceptions of the future. In addition to videos, murals, and photographs being installed at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, artworks will be shared online and installed outdoors and in community spaces across the Haverford College campus.

March 3, 2021


Maeve Brennan

Maeve Brennan is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her practice explores the political and historical resonance of material and place. Working primarily with moving image as well as installation, sculpture and printed matter, she develops long-term investigations led by personal encounters. Adopting a documentary approach, Brennan gains intimacy and proximity with her subjects, producing complex and layered accounts that disrupt dominant representations. With a particular focus on forms of expertise that encompass an associated physical practice – geologists, archaeologists, architects, mechanics, embroiderers – her works excavate the multiple narratives latent in material itself.

Brennan graduated from Goldsmiths in 2012 and was a fellow at the Home Workspace Programme at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2013–14). Recent solo exhibitions include Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; The Whitworth, University of Manchester; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Turku, Finland and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. Her films have screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam; FILMADRID; Sheffield Doc Fest and Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. She received the Jerwood/FVU Award 2018 and is the current Stanley Picker Art & Design Fellow (2019–22). Her work will be included in the forthcoming British Art Show 9 (2021-22).

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