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2020 ISP Critical Studies Symposium

FRI, May 29, 2020
5 pm

Online, via Zoom

The Critical Studies Symposium is an evening-long event during which each of the six participants from this year's Whitney Independent Study Critical Studies Program presents a short paper on their current research. Two discussants respond to these papers.

This program is free but registration is required.


Introduction by Lindsay Caplan
Ph.D. Art History, CUNY Graduate Center; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University

Session I
5–7 pm

Discussant: Tina Campt
Professor, Humanities and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Amaris Brown
Where You Find A Wild Woman

Che Gossett
The Abolition Machine: Black Radicalism, Abolitionist Techno-Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Technology

Jonas Stark Johnson
Force Multipliers and Spiritual Fitness: Scenes of Exception in Everyday Self-Defense.

7–7:30 pm

Session II
7:30–9:30 pm

Discussant: Soyoung Yoon
Assistant Professor and Program Director of Art History & Visual Studies, The New School

Pei-Chun (Viola) Hsieh
Press on and Play the Hits: Chen Ting-jung's You Are the Only One I Care About (Whisper) 

Thomas Love
Surface and Emptiness: Ulrike Ottinger’s Ornamentik

Patricia Manos
Russian Blues, Rainbow Solidarity

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A 30-second online art project:
Ryan Kuo, Hateful Little Thing

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All visitors aged 12 and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Whitney, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18 and older will also be asked to show photo ID. Face coverings are required for all visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.