Terra Foundation-supported Events

Workshop: “Blindness and Bêtise in American Art since the 1960s”

“Insight vs. Ignorance: Vision Disorders in Contemporary Installation and Performance Art,” presented by Eva Buchberger, Universität Bern.

The equation of the visual faculty with the intellectual faculty constitutes a physical and discoursive foundation in the reception of art: seeing enables the viewer to process and understand an artwork; modernist art theory declares “eyesight alone” (Clement Greenberg) as the appropriate tool for art perception. In contemporary installation and performance art, these assumptions are put up for discussion. This talk will analyze the paradoxical interplay between insight and ignorance in contemporary art practice and the resulting modes of perception.

“Dumb Art? Stupidity (bêtise) as Strategy in American Art from the 1960s to the Present,” presented by Morgan Labar, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

This talk explores the concept of stupidity (bêtise in French) as a way of framing various artistic practices from the 1960s to the present. Between logical determinations on the one hand and cultural, social, and historical determinations on the other hand, bêtise takes different forms and sheds new light on the work of Sol LeWitt, Joseph Kosuth, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jeff Koons, and Robert Crumb.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. For more information, please contact:
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