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Breaking the Frame, Dissolving the Screen

MON, Oct 17, 2016
7–8:30 pm

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members

This lecture will explore works in a variety of media by artists such as Carmen Herrera, Frank Stella, Anthony McCall, and Hito Steyerl, which all engage with modernist abstraction and disrupt habitual ways of perceiving space and form. These works may employ disorienting illusions of depth and flatness, intensely affecting color, or synesthetic auditory and haptic stimuli to introduce new kinds of sensory experience that in some cases suggest a utopian vision of the future and in others embody critical or ambivalent attitudes towards contemporaneous reality—social, political, and technological. Tracing the commonalities and differences between these works will provide a rich context for the exhibitions Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight and Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. A wine reception will be available during the program.

Active Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members are invited to register for these options:

Option 1: Monday, October 17, 7–8:30 pm
Option 2: Sunday, December 4, 5–6:30 pm

Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members are invited to this event: The invitation is for two individuals per membership household. Registration instructions will be provided by email.

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