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LA><ART in collaboration with the haudenschildGarage is pleased to announce a public lecture from dOCUMENTA 13 Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
Notes on the “Brain” refers to the central installation in the rotunda of the Fridericianum, the 1779 building that has served as the exhibition’s traditional venue since the 1955 inception of dOCUMENTA.
Anchored by a series of Giorgio Morandi still life paintings, the “Brain” included work by artists Judith Hopf, Giuseppe Penone, Tamás St. Turba, Sam Durant and Lawrence Weiner among others. The installation also included a Bactrine Princess figurine dating back to late-third millennia B.C. from Central Asia. Notes on the “Brain” at dOCUMENTA 13 will provide a window into the many artistic and historical currents converging in Christov-Bakargiev’s curatorial practice.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, organizer of events and exhibitions, and researcher into artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Evanston (2013-2015). She has received the Leverhulme Professorship from the University of Leeds for 2014. In 2013, She was also the Menschel Visiting Professor in Art at The Cooper Union, New York as well as the Pernod Ricard Visiting Professor in the philosophy of art and naturecultures at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main / Institut für Philosophie.
She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA 13 from 2009–2012, which took place in Kassel, Germany from June 9 – September 16, 2012, as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan and included projects also in Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt and Banff, Canada. Previously, she was Artistic Director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney: “Revolutions - Forms That Turn” (2008), and Chief Curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museum for Contemporary Art (2002–08, interim director in 2009). She was Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center – a MoMA affiliate, New York, from 1999–2001. Previous group exhibitions include “The Moderns,” Turin (2003), “Faces in the Crowd,” London and Turin (2004), “Citta' Natura” (1997), and “Molteplici Culture” (1992). Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA 13 the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series as well as The Logbook and The Book of Books (2011–12).
(Image: dOCUMENTA 13, the “Brain” Fridericianum rotunda installation view)