Piper created this version of Some Reflective Surfaceson a stage at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on February 28, 1976 as part of a multi-day programme of live pieces commissioned by the Whitney from figures active in New York’s downtown experimentalism circles. Rhea Anastas will read excerpts of her writing from a research period spanning from the summer of 2017 to the present. In 2018, Piper’s exhibitions Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016 and Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965– 2016 were staged. These museum surveys, the largest of Piper’s career, with works from public and private collections around the world, were generated out of a four-year-long collaboration between Piper; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Anastas’s talk explores parallels between some specific intersubjective dynamics within the watching and being-watched of Some Reflective Surfaces, as well as the spacing mechanisms (in time, context, and conditions) that are entailed in apprehending and reflecting on this work.
Presented in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam’s Art History Department. Special thanks to APRA Foundation Berlin (Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin)
Thursday 29 November 2018, 19–20.30hr
University of Amsterdam Auditorium
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam
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