Mandrake Bar, La Cienaga Blvd, Los Angeles
To celebrate the launch of Afterall issue 14 and Afterall Online, Lane Relyea will offer art lovers tips on how to best appreciate such recent masterpieces of relational aesthetics as Urban Outfitters stores, retro hotel lobbies, boutique-style bank branches and other retail outlets, not to mention hip art bars like the Mandrake.
Aïda Ruilova will be screening her video works Oh No, You're Pretty, Um, Let's Go, OK, Alright and Tuning.
Please join the Exhibition Histories editorial team for an informal book launch on Monday 29 November at Koenig Books, 80 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0BF.
On the 17th of March, Afterall Publishing Director Caroline Woodley will join André Mesquita of MASP, Brazil, in conversation, looking back at how Afterall has worked in partnership since its foundation to develop and expand its core research strands, the potential scope of the new collaboration with the Public Programs at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and their shared interest in art, politics and activism.
We are pleased to announce the launch of issue 44 of Afterall Journal at Scrap Metal in Toronto. This event will include a screening of Pia Arke's 1996 video Arktisk hysteri (Arctic Hysteria), followed by a conversation between Director of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Charles Stankievech and curator Candice Hopkins, both contributing editors to Afterall Journal.
Join us for a three-day symposium organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The Department of Fine Arts at The University of Hong Kong. The symposium aims to explore how periodicals have fostered conversations around art and emergent forms of visuality in twentieth-century Asia. Speakers will include Afterall Co-founder Charles Esche, National Gallery Singapore Curator Phoebe Scott and Beijing-based Independent Critic and Curator LI Xianting.
We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 29 May at Tate Modern, London, Gregg Bordowitz will be launching his latest One Work book that focuses on Glenn Ligon’s iconic Untitled (I Am a Man) (1988).
Research Fortnight is a two week programme of over 80 events, artist talks, screenings, symposiums, workshops and more, in and around all the University of the Arts London colleges. Throughout the fortnight a display of Afterall publications will be on show in the Central Saint Martins' Library, alongside a series of specially curated cabinets representing research produced and developed within CSM.
Through a research strand dedicated to exhibition histories, Afterall investigates issues raised by art of the recent past in its becoming public in particular places and times. Featuring keynote presentations first from Samuel Weber and then Annet Dekker, this symposium will enquire into online opportunities within the field of art’s exhibition histories, asking: what sort of sensual and discursive justice might a web platform offer past shows of art, as distinct, perhaps, from the provisions of the printed page? Online examples will be discussed – including Afterall’s own work to date – but the emphasis will lie on addressing some attendant philosophical, digital and political concerns.
We are pleased to announce the fifteenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Following on from issue #43 of the Afterall journal, on Saturday 10 February Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves and museum director Don Genaro Amaro Altamirano will be in conversation with editor and researcher Ana Bilbao discussing Alves’s 2012 project The Return of a Lake. Produced in collaboration with the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico, Mexico, The Return of a Lake explored questions of ecology, indigenous land rights and the community museum as a site of resistance.
October 1917, and its immediate aftermath of artistic and cultural experimentation, set the terms of the great twentieth and twenty-first century debates around art’s autonomy and its political ‘commitments’. The fundamental argument in the wake of the Russian Revolution – which, according to the Gregorian calendar, took place in November 1917 – that art and culture could, through education and enlightenment, influence the course of history, seems ever more pertinent today, in the context of new cultural and media phenomena that powerfully influence ‘public opinion’, governance and, indeed, elections.
As part of October: The Great Experiment, we are pleased to announce the following events:
We are pleased to announce that on Monday 27 November Elena Filipovic will be in dialogue with Lucy Steeds on the subject of artists as curators.
For this event, Filipovic will draw from her recently-published One Work book, David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale, an unannounced action in which the artist peddled snowballs on the streets of New York in 1983.
Steeds will present and analyse the focus of a book in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series: ‘an Exhibit’, the maze-like installation built by artists Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore, with the writerly involvement of Lawrence Alloway, first in Newcastle with the help of art students in 1957, before its transfer to the ICA in London.
Uniting these two artistic case studies, and opening up to further examples, Elena and Lucy will debate the history of artists as curators. Specifically, Elena will draw on her work for The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp (The MIT Press, 2016) and her edited volume The Artist as Curator (Mousse Publishing, 2017) to which Lucy contributed.
Afterall is uniting with Asia Art Archive, the Paul Mellon Centre and Tate Research Centre: Asia to host a session at the forthcoming annual conference for the UK’s Association for Art History (AAH). Hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, this event will run 5 to 7 April 2018.
To celebrate the launch of General Idea: Imagevirus, a new book by Gregg Bordowitz for Afterall Books' One Work series, Artists Space is hosting a discussion between Bordowitz and General Idea member AA Bronson.
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Screenings are FREE and begin at 8:15 pm
To celebrate Afterall 18, please join us for a three-week rooftop series of sci-fi inspired films and artists videos screened atop the landmark Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. In the high season of summer blockbusters, this series presents low-fi cult features and artist videos that use elements of science fiction to cast new light on earthly struggles and everyday phenomena. Outer space is used as a metaphor for psychological inner space, post-apocalyptic futures and interplanetary utopias are imagined through the quotidian lens of social progress, and android life illuminates human dysfunction on Earth. <\p>
665 The Lesser Evil
In this seminar, Eyal Weizman will present 'Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime', chapter three of a trilogy concerned with the political and theological question of the lesser evil. (Chapter one, 'Arendt in Ethiopia', and chapter two, 'The Best of All Possible Walls', will be on display in advance of the lecture.)
Eyal Weizman is an architect based in London, where he is the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books include The Lesser Evil (Nottetempo, 2009), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007) and A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003). Weizman also co-authored an article on Israel's future colonisation that appeared in Afterall issue 20.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London
Afterall, in conjunction with the International Centre for Fine Art Research, presents a lecture by writer, curator and philosopher Boris Groys on the specific developments of contemporary art in Eastern Europe. Taking as a starting point 'Privatizations', an exhibition he curated in 2004, Groys will discuss the differing conditions in which the cultural discourse in the east and the west has developed.
Afterall will be at the Eindhoven PA/PER VIEW Art Book Fair during Dutch Design Week.
A day trip to Boron with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. This guided tour will begin in Culver City, congeal at the Center's Desert Research Station, and spend the day visiting the remarkable places that ring this dramatic and compelling part of the California landscape.
Sites visited and/or discussed include the largest open pit mine in California; the largest solar power plant in the world; a mountaintop rocket test site and an abandoned federal prison.
REDCAT Theater, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles
In conjunction with the exhibition 'David Lamelas: Los Angeles Time as Activity' at MC, Los Angeles and the release of Afterall issue 13, MC and Afterall are pleased to present Time is a Fiction, a programme comprising five early 16mm films by David Lamelas. This series is curated by Jacqueline Holt and distributed by LUX, London.
Afterall will be at Frieze Art Fair in London this October, at stand M3.
The Kitchen, New York
This panel discussion celebrates the launch of East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, an Afterall Book edited by IRWIN, a group of five artists and the visual-art component of the Slovenian arts collective NSK. East Art Map is an attempt to reconstruct the missing histories of contemporary art in Eastern Europe from an East European perspective. Miran Mohar, member of IRWIN, Roger Conover, writer, curator and Executive Editor of MIT Press, and Vitaly Komar, whose work is featured in the book, will present and discuss the project.
This event is supported by the Consulate General of Slovenia in New York.
Please help to secure the future of Afterall by joining us at
The Afterall Benefit Auction & Dinner
Red Lion Square Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London
Artists' group IRWIN have been investigating Eastern European art production and its relationship to that of the West for over a decade, and East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, their new publication with Afterall Books, is the materialisation of this research. Members of the group will discuss the project with the help of examples of work included in the book.