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Public Seminar met Darby English

Dinsdag 14 januari | 10.00 | LELY

Darby English leads a special 3-day seminar that guides participants through the development of an art history, a way of reading and lending context to the social life of art, that offers tools for serious engagement with contemporary urgencies. Three questions which connect the days arise:  How to perceive key works of art and artists’ practice, including their role as exhibition makers, in greater depth and dimension? (Greater especially than “instituted meanings of subjectivity and crisis representation”.)  How to make such art truly public? And how then, together, constituting a public, “to sit hard with and listen to what fights meaning and how?”   On each of the 3 days, English takes as a point of departure a different body of research: two published books and one book in the making:

14 January       1971: A Year in the Life of Color (2018)
10:00 – 15:30
With special attention to the “De Luxe Show” an exhibition integrating experiments in abstraction curated by painter, Peter Bradley in a former movie theater in Houston’s 5th Ward on the invitation of patrons Dominique and John de Menil.

15 January       To Describe a Life: Notes on the Intersection of Art and Race Terror (2019)
10:00 – 15:30
With special attention to “Differing, Drawn”, a chapter on the “Skin Set” drawings of Pope.l, forthcoming artist at De Appel in 2022.

16 January       ‘Purifroy/Robert’, a rare chance to hear about Darby English’s unpublished research
10:00 – 15:30

Please submit requests for participation with the heading “Darby English Seminar” to or to affiliated faculties.

For Graduate Seminar credit via NICA / OSK
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10:00 - 15:30


Schipluidenlaan 12
Amsterdam, 1062 HE


De Appel
020 625 5651
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