San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Artists are imprisoned and exiled and art continues to be banned and destroyed, which demonstrates the power of images to unsettle, to speak truth to power, and to question our cherished cultural norms and ideas about what is sacred. Join artists, scholars, and museum directors to discuss the power of art and the importance of advocating for art, artists, and freedom of expression.
Seating is first come, first served. We expect to have seats for all, but please plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before a session is scheduled to begin, to find a seat. A registration does not guarentee a seat.
Ai Weiwei will give the keynote address via a video he is creating for the conference that addresses "The Censorship of Artists: Artists in Prison, Artists in Exile," followed by a panel discussion with Melissa Chiu (Hirshorn Museum), Ethan Cohen (Ethan Fine Arts), and Minky Worden (Human Rights Watch), moderated by Jerome A. Cohen (New York University School of Law.
The program pairs artists with critics, museum directors, and scholars like Paul Chan and Paul Cotter (NYTimes), Shirin Neshat and Jack Persekian (The Palestine Museum), and Ricardo Dominguez and Stephen Duncombe (New York University).
Scholars Olaf Peters (Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg), Emily Braun (Hunter College and the Graduate Center), and David Freedberg (Columbia University) will address the history of banning art. Agnes Gund will be the session's discussant.
The conference will open with a panel discussion about the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris with Victor S. Navasky (editor, publisher and publisher emeritus of The Nation), Nikahang Kowsar (Irania cartoonist), Ben Katchor (Associate Professor at Parsons), Saadia Toor (author, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan-2011) and Alexandra Zsigmond
(New York Times Deputy Art Director for the Opinion Section).
One session will be dedicated to artists living in exile, featuring Burmese artist, Chaw Ei Thein, and Naila Al Atrash.
Finally, Jeffrey Deitch (art dealer), Boris Groys, (art critic), Jack Persekian, (Palestinian Museum director), Lisa Phillips, (New Museum director), and Svetlana Mintcheva (program director at the National Coalition Against Censorship) will examine self-censorship in arts institutions.
Please visit the dedicated conference website at www.newschool.edu/cps/fear-of-art to review the complete, 2-day agenda and speakers' bios.
The conference has been made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ford Foundation, Larry Warsh, and ArteEast. The conference is co-sponsored by The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, PEN American Center, and the India China Institute at The New School.
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Center for Public Scholarship
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