Georges & George

Monday, January 30, 2017 7:00 - 8:30pm

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'The Penitent Magdalen' (detail) by Georges de La Tour, ca. 1640 (l) and an untitled 2013 photo by Allyson Viera (r)

'The Penitent Magdalen' (detail) by Georges de La Tour, ca. 1640 (l) and an untitled 2013 photo by Allyson Viera (r)

The Interdisciplinary Seminar presents writer Jarrett Earnest and artist Allyson Vieira who will discuss Georges de La Tour's "The Penitent Magdalen” (ca.1640), on view at the Metropolitan Museum, in relation to chapters 2 and 3 of George Kubler's The Shape of Time. This event is free and open to the public.

Jarrett Earnest is a writer living in New York City. He teaches and is faculty liaison at the free experimental art school the BHQFU. His criticism and long-form interviews have appeared in the The Brooklyn RailThe Village Voice Los Angeles Review of BooksArt in AmericaSan Francisco Arts Quarterly and many other publications. 

Allyson Vieira lives and works in New York. She received an MFA in sculpture from Bard College and a BFA from The Cooper Union. In 2013 her first institutional solo show, The Plural Present, opened at Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2013) andtraveled to Swiss Institute, NY (2013-2014). Other international institutional presentations include Massage the History,  Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens, GR (2016), the exhibition of finalists for the Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, UA (2014), and Build On, Build Against, at Non Objectif Sud, Tulette, FR (2013). In the U.S., she recently completed a project entitled A Tour of the Monuments of Storm King Art Center at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY (2015) and her work has been featured at Frieze Projects, Frieze NY, Randalls Island, NY (2015, 2014), with Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY (2012), on The Highline, New York (2012), and at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (2010). She has had major gallery presentations at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, BR (2015), The Breeder, Athens, GR (2014), Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, CA (2014), Laurel Gitlen, New York (2013, 2010), and Monica de Cardenas, Milan, IT (2011). In 2017 she will have solo shows at Company Gallery, NY, Klaus von Nichtssagend, NY, and Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. Her first major catalog, Allyson Vieira: The Plural Present, was published by Karma Books, New York (2016), and she is currently working on On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews, forthcoming from Soberscove Press, Chicago, in 2018.

The Intradisciplinary Seminar, sponsored by the The Cooper Union School of Art, presents a series of free, public lectures reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.

The Spring 2017 Intradisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Images courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Allyson Viera

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