Jabre Lecture Series in Art History and Curating

Curating Against The Apocalypse
by T.J. Demos
Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: AUB Art Galleries

Drawing on his recent book Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, T.J. Demos will explore the ways ecology has entered into curatorial thought and practice, considering Documenta 13 as a case study. The presentation will pick apart the imperatives and contradictions of the mega-exhibition’s ecological condition, as well as consider its theoretical horizons—stretched between post-anthropocentric materialism and multi-species ontologies, on the one hand, and postcolonial, climate justice activism, on the other. Turning to the exhibition’s presentation of speculative documentaries, the talk will also examine Documenta’s offerings of dystopian futures and artistic modes of engaged resistance.

T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016); The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013), winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award; and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). Demos co-curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, Nottingham Contemporary, 2015; and organized Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, 2014. He is currently completing a new book entitled Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2016).

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