Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor

Animal Matters: Simone Forti in the Late 1960s

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Simone Forti in performance on hands and knees as an animal
Simone Forti, Solo #1, 1974. Video still. Courtesy the artist

Speaker(s): Julia Bryan-Wilson (Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art,  History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

In 1968, choreographer and dancer Simone Forti moved to Rome. During her brief stay, she spent time observing animals in the zoo, as well as working and performing among Arte Povera artists. This talk investigates how Forti’s encounters in Rome with new methods of movement and materials became pivotal to her procedures of constructing dance, as she proposed models of collaboration between animate subjects and inanimate objects.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, performance, photography, fabrication/production, and handicraft.  She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California Press, 2009), and editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris (MIT Press, 2013). A scholar and critic, Bryan-Wilson has written about artists such as Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Sadie Benning, the Cockettes, Sharon Hayes, Harmony Hammond, Cristóbal Lehyt, Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, Yvonne Rainer, and Anne Wilson, in publications that include Art Bulletin, Artforum, differences, October, Oxford Art Journal, and many exhibition catalogs.  Her article “Invisible Products” received the 2013 Art Journal award. She has held grants from the Getty, the Clark Art Institute, the Henry Moore Institute, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Bryan-Wilson’s current book project is entitled Craft Crisis: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970.

This lecture and Visiting Professorship have been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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