Consensus and Agonism in Collaborative Practice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7 - 8:30pm

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Installation view of 'The Second World Congress of Free Artists' (2013) by Camel Collective. Photo courtesy of Camel Collective

Installation view of 'The Second World Congress of Free Artists' (2013) by Camel Collective. Photo courtesy of Camel Collective

A free, public talk by Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats, who collaborate as Camel Collective, discussing the history of their work and its interest in theater and pedagogy.

Formed in 2005 Camel Collective works through processes of archival research, dramaturgy, printmaking, painting and photography, focusing on the problematics of labor, pedagogy, theater and collectivity. Camel’s recent exhibitions and performances include The Second World Congress of Free Artists at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013), Una Obra Para Dos Pinturas at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2012), A Facility Based on Change at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMoCA (2011) and Howls for Bologna at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst (2010).

Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats appear as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar, created as a discussion series on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.