Visual Arts Program
 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

UB Visual Studies Dept. & Hallwalls present

A Project for Documenta 13: Steve Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble

$5 general, $4 Hallwalls members, UB Students FREE

A Buffalo-based artist whose work is exhibited and staged around the world, Steve Kurtz, Chair of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, will address his four major projects of this year.

Kurtz is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble, one of the most significant art collectives today, which explores the intersections of art, critical theory, technology,and political activism.

Kurtz and Critical Art Ensemble were among the handful of artists representing the United States at this year's Documenta 13, the quadrennial art fair in Kassel, Germany that is one of the premier international art events. Unusually, the group completed two projects for the festival: "A Temporary Monument to Global Economic Inequality" (pictured below) and "Winning Hearts and Minds." In addition, their contestational ecology project "New Alliances" was featured at Parco Arte Vivente in Turin, Italy.

A large illustrated text of major Critical Art Ensemble projects entitled Disturbances was published this year. It will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.


 
 
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