An Evening with Claire Fontaine and Hal Foster

Graduate Studies Lecture Series
October 30, 2012 7:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

This evening, the duo Claire Fontaine will be in conversation with the renowned art critic and art historian Hal Foster.

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based artist collective. Its work responds to a feeling of political impotence in contemporary culture and is motivated by the history of radical protest. Among Claire Fontaine’s best-known works is Equivalent VIII (2007), 120 firebricks wrapped in book covers from radical literary texts. Referencing the bricks thrown by Paris protesters in May 1968, the piece presents (symbolic and literal) devices of dissent. Foreigners Everywhere is an ongoing series of neon signs in which the title is stated in the language of the country where the work is appearing. It references the ubiquity of immigration issues and anxiety regarding terrorist threats.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator's Forum.