Talk by curator and scholar Mechtild Widrich.
Widrich presents her research relating to performance, documentation and site, and her current global art geographies project, which explores the role of contemporary art in relation to national or regional interests. A discussion to follow on how archival sources impact the reception of art—with a focus on how documents of ephemeral practices in particular are often taken as substitutes, artworks, or proof.
A light lunch will be served with a tour of the current Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere exhibition in the AAA library featuring recent residents Slavs and Tatars.
Mechtild Widrich is a scholar, curator, and current Assistant Professor in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and architecture, performance art and its mediation, art in public space and the question of the public sphere, contemporary monuments, and aesthetic theory. She has organised exhibitions in Italy, the United States, and Vienna, and her writing has been in Grey Room, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Performance Art Journal (PAJ), and Text Zur Kunste among other books and publications.