Note: We regret to announce this lecture has been canceled.
Building disruptive analogies between art and politics, the filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl examines the history of the museum as a literal site of battle, focusing in particular on the ongoing rebellions in Paris in the 19th century, which made the halls of the Louvre (established as the first truly public museum in the wake of the French Revolution) a primary site of conflict. If the contemporary museum is frequently cast as a sanitary and elitist enclave, Steyerl demonstrates that at certain junctures it has been instead a territory of fierce armed struggle, with the right to public space and the public ownership of art as the desperate stakes.
Steyerl’s films have been exhibited at documenta 12, the 2010 Taipei Biennial, and the 7th Shanghai Biennale as well as numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at e-flux, New York. Steyerl is a professor of media arts at the Berlin University of the Arts.
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Presented by the Graduate Program in Fine Arts
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.