Project Europa


February 7 – May 9, 2010



Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean, British, b. 1965, Palast, 2004, Six color photogravures, 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. each, Courtesy of Baker Botts L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible
considers the relationship of art to democracy in Europe. In 1989, the expansion and unification of Europe was conceived as a vital and urgent social project to promote democracy. Now in the 20th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, artists in the exhibition question the promise and potential of Europe’s democratic dream. The works featured in the exhibition, which include large-scale wall paintings, photography and video by 20 artists from Turkey to the British Isles, explore the complex and subtle relationship between art and politics. At the same time, the reflection on Europe provides an opportunity for American audiences to reconsider and reinvigorate our understanding of democracy at home. For the first time at the Harn Museum of Art, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the works of art through a cell phone tour provided by a generous donor. To listen to audio from the tour, click here.

Project Europa is organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art at the Harn Museum.
The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation; Étant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange; University of Florida Student Government; the John Early Publication Endowment; the Sidney Knight Endowment; and the Harn Program Endowment. Additional support is provided by the following University of Florida entities: School of Art + Art History Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Center for European Studies; France Florida Research Institute; International Center; and Paris Research Institute. Additional funding provided by the Exhibition Circle of the Harn Museum.





THE ARTISTS

Francis Alÿs
Fikret Atay
Kader Attia
Maja Bajevic
Yto Barrada
Tacita Dean
Beate Gütschow
Jens Haaning
Susan Hefuna
Eva Leitolf
Aernout Mik
Marcel Odenbach
Dan Perjovschi
Marjetica Potrč
Andrea Robbins and Max Becher
Bruno Serralongue
Superflex - Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen, and Rasmus Nielsen
Lidwien Van de Ven


THE CATALOGUE

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue written by Kerry Oliver-Smith with contributions by Marius Babias and Dr. Boris Groys. Marius Babias, a Romanian scholar and curator, was commissioner of the Romanian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. He also curated the exhibitions The New Europe, Generali Foundation, Vienna; Formats for Action, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin and co-curated Periferic 7 in Iaşi (Romania). Dr. Boris Groys is professor of Aesthetics, Art History and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has published numerous books including Vanishing Point Moscow; Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of the Media Politics of Immortality; Topology of Art and Dream Factory Communism


GALLERY TALK
Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art
Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m.

Join Oliver-Smith for a tour of the exhibition.












PAST PROGRAMS


SYMPOSIUM
Art and Democracy
April 9, 6 p.m., and April 10, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
This event is organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith and Alex Alberro.
It is co-sponsored by the SA+AH Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History, University of Florida School of Art and Art History, University of Florida Center for European Studies, University of Florida Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida France-Florida Research Center and the University of Florida International Center.

Printable Schedule | Abstracts


Keynote Speaker
François Cusset is a professor of American studies at the University of Paris and former director of the New York-based French Publishers' Agency, as well as an editor, translator and regular contributor to major journals and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Cusset is an intellectual historian whose far-reaching body of work includes the critically acclaimed "French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States" (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), the polemical "The Decade: The Great French Nightmare of the 1980s" (La Découverte, 2006), and the first French-language introduction to Queer Theory, "Queer Critics" (Presses Universitaires de France, 2002).

Speakers

Alex Alberro is the Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College at Columbia University . He is the author of "Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity" (The MIT Press, 2003). He has also edited and co-edited a number volumes, including "Museum Highlights" (MIT Press 2005), "Recording Conceptual Art" (University of California Press 2001), "Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology" (The MIT Press, 2000) and "Two-Way Mirror Power" (MIT Press, 1999).

Nora Alter is a professor in film and media studies at the University of Florida. She has authored "Vietnam Protest Theatre: the Television War on Stage" (1996), "Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film" (2002) and "Chris Marker" (2006). She has contributed essays to Camera Obscura, Cultural Critique, New German Critique, The Germanic Revie and Film Quarterly. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEH, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2005 she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European studies.

Claire Bishop, associate professor of art history in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, is an internationally acknowledged scholar of contemporary art. She is the author of "Installation Art: A Critical History" (Tate, 2005), “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” (October no.110, 2004), “The Social Turn: Collaboration and its Discontents” (Artforum, 2006), and the edited anthology "Documents of Contemporary Art: Participation" (Whitechapel/MIT, 2006).

T.J. Demos is a lecturer in the Department of History of Art at University College London. His writing has appeared in journals that include Grey Room, October, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst and Art Press. He is on the editorial board of Art Journal. His publications include "Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography" (Phaidon Press, 2006) and The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2007). His present book project is provisionally titled "Migrations: Contemporary Art and Globalization."

Tim Griffin has been editor of Artforum since 2003. During that time he has written for the publication on artists including Chantal Akerman, Paul Chan, Mary Heilmann, Philippe Parreno, Seth Price, Catherine Sullivan, and Kelley Walker, among others; and he has devoted special issues of the magazine to art and politics, globalization, minimalism, the legacy of land art, and the rebuilding of New Orleans, as well as to such figures as choreographer Michael Clark, philosopher Jacques Rancière, and architect-designer Buckminster Fuller. Griffin is also the author of a book of essays, "Contamination" (2001). His essay on John Baldessari, “What do you do?,” appears in the catalogue for the artist’s retrospective that opened this month at Tate Gallery in London.

Maria Hlavajova is the curator and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in Utrecht, Netherlands, and the program director of Tranzit, an initiative in Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Prague and Vienna. Hlavajova organized a three-part project, Citizens and Subjects, for the Dutch Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale and numerous projects at BAK. She was the co-curator of Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (2000) and director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Bratislava from 1994 – 1999.

Shepherd Steiner is a visiting assistant professor in modern and contemporary art. He recently published essays in InTensions, Journal of Visual Culture, Becoming Dutch and Formalist Literary Theory in America. He co-edited "Cork Caucus: on art, possibility, and democracy" (Frankfurt, 2007) and is currently finishing a book of close readings in Modernist painting, sculpture and criticism in America in 1950s and 1960s.

The School of Art and Art History’s Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History is sponsoring the following participants:
Tim Griffin, Maria Hlavajova, Claire Bishop and T.J. Demos.


LECTURE
Kader Attia, Artist-in-Residence
January 21, 6:30 p.m.
Fine Arts B, School of Art and Art History, Room 103
Kader Attia is an artist-in-residence for the Harn Museum exhibition Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible. Attia will speak about the wall mural he is creating for the exhibition and his artistic process as a filmmaker, sculptor, installation artist and painter. Focusing on the complex relations between the East and the West, his work reflects on the tension between an uprooted African culture and a seductive Western consumer culture in France. He also examines the effects of discrimination and segregation the Muslim community.   

Attia was born in France in 1970 to parents who were Muslim immigrants from Algeria. He grew up in the Sarcelles neighborhoods on the fringe of Paris. His first solo show in a museum was at the Jewish History and Art Museum in Paris. Since that time, Attia’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Art de Haïfa in Israel, the ICA in Boston, and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Huarte, Spain. His work has also been exhibited in other venues in Germany, the United Kingdom and Africa. He has participated in important group shows at Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami Beach and the Venice Biennale.

Kader Attia

Kader Attia, French, b. 1970, Untitled
2006, wall painting
144 x 300 in. (365.76 x 762 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin and Cologne


ARTIST INSTALLATION
Dan Perjovschi, Artist-in-Residence

January 24 – February 6, during museum hours
Rotunda, Harn Museum of Art
As an artist-in-residence, Dan Perjovschi is using the entire space of the Harn Museum’s Rotunda to
create an original work for Project Europa. Known as an artist, writer and journalist, he has made
drawing an object and a medium of performance and installation. Visitors are invited to watch as
Perjovschi creates his latest work.

Perjovschi’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2009); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2009); Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Belgium (2008); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); and Tate Modern, London (2006). His work also has been in group exhibitions at the 10th Lyon Biennial (2009); 16th Sydney Biennale (2008); the 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy (2007); and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006). Perjovschi currently lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.


GALLERY TALKS
January 31, 3 p.m.
Dan Perjovschi, Artist-in-Residence
Rotunda, Harn Museum of Art
Join Romanian artist Perjovschi as he explains his wall mural, commissioned and created for Project
Europa
. The artist’s work satirizes the politics and culture in Europe while drawing parallels to the United States and specifically to Gainesville and Florida. This gallery talk is a great opportunity to gain insight into the artist’s work and artistic process as he explores the work-in-progress unfolding on the walls.

Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art
Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m.

Join Oliver-Smith for a tour of the exhibition.


LECTURE
Dan Perjovschi, Artist-in-Residence
February 3, 6 p.m.
Located at FLG 260 (Florida Gym)
Perjovschi’s caricatures for the Harn Museum blend criticism, irony and humor. He combines everyday observations with reflections on issues such as terrorism, surveillance, militarization, Islam, capitalism and climate change. Using wordplay and slogans, Perjovschi’s caricatures blend criticism, irony and humor.


MEMBERS PARTY AND EXHIBITION OPENING
February 6, 6 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Become a member today for an invitation to the pARTy.


PUBLIC OPENING
February 7
Harn Museum of Art


LECTURE

Michael Bernhard, Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science, University of Florida
February 16, 6 p.m.
“The Politics of Memory: Commemorating the Fall of Communism in Poland 20 Years Later”

Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Join us for an engaging lecture that will illuminate events leading to the fall of communism in Poland in 1989. Bernhard will examine public commemorations as events in which political actors attempted to transform political culture, and demonstrate that such commemorations are not about history, but about the self-interested concerns of politicians to manipulate it.



RISK CINEMA | CROSSING OVER
The spring 2010 RISK Cinema series is presented as a counterpart to Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible. The exhibition focuses on the relationship of art and democracy in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it serves as a reflection of democracy in the United States. RISK Cinema is organized by Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art at the Harn Museum.

Screening and Artist Lecture
Amie Siegel, DDR/DDR, 2008, HD, 135 minutes

February 9, 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Introduced by Barbara Mennel, Associate Professor, Department of English and Germanic and Slavic Studies

Amie Siegel’s “ciné-constellation” DDR/DDR, 2008, combines vérité interviews with staged dialogue to excavate East German traumas associated with both the Socialist state and reunification. Siegel’s lens finds filmic lessons, too, in her analysis of Stasi information operations and her inquiries into the suppression of psychoanalysis in the DDR. (artforum.com)

Born 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, Siegel lives and works in Berlin, New York and Cambridge. Exhibitions and screenings of her work include The Russian Linesman, The Hayward, London; 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; Forum Expanded, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and the Austrian Film Museum, Berlin International Film Festival among many other venues. Siegel teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has been a guest of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm and is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Fund and the Harn Museum.

Screening and Artist Lecture
Helga Fanderl, short films
February 21, 7 p.m.
(NEW TIME)
Admission: Students: $3 | General Public: $4 | Members: Free

Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Introduced by Roger Beebe, Director of FLEX Films, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Florida

Working exclusively in the small-gauge super 8mm film format and editing entirely in camera, Helga Fanderl has directed more than 400 short films over the last several decades ranging from observational documentary portraits to more abstract, poetic works. Born in Ingolstadt, Germany, in 1947, Fanderl turned to celluloid later in her life in 1990 after studying German and Romance languages and literature in Munich, Paris and Frankfurt. She then attended Art School in Frankfurt and at Cooper Union in New York City. Fanderl’s work has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been presented in major film museums and film festivals since 1990, including Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival.

This event is co-sponsored by FLEX Films and the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere and the Harn Museum. 

Screening and Artist Lecture
Johan Grimonprez, Double Take, 2009, 80 minutes, DVD
February 23, 7 p.m.
Admission: Students: $3 | General Public: $4 | Members: Free
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Introduced by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art

Grimonprez's second film essay, Double Take, questions how our view of reality is held hostage by mass media, advertising and Hollywood. Written by award winning British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film addresses the global rise of fear-as-commodity. 

Grimonprez lives and works in Belgium and New York. His 1997 video Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y earned him the Best Director award at both the San Francisco Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival. The film premiered at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and showed at Documenta X, Kassel. Since then it has been seen worldwide. Grimonprez has exhibited his work at institutions such as Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the XXIV São Paulo Biennial; and the Tate Modern, London. Grimonprez was the 2006 recipient of the Carnegie Art Award.

This event is co-sponsored by FLEX Films and the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere.

Screening
Deimantas Narkevičius, short films
March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Students: $3 | General Public: $4 | Members: Free
Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art
Introduced by Shepherd Steiner

Deimantas Narkevičius was born in 1964 in Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He works in film and video taking a subjective and contemporary view of history. Deimantas Narkevičius’s work is a critical look at film, its ability to communicate, and its importance in a primarily visual culture He connects the past with the present and history with personal experience while pitting documentary truth against potential fiction. He has gained recognition at the highest level within the international art scene and represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. He has a solid record of exhibitions worldwide and held solo exhibitions in France, Belgium, Lithuania and at the Munchner Kunsverein.




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The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation; Étant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange; University of Florida Student Government; the John Early Publication Endowment; the Sidney Knight Endowment; and the Harn Program Endowment. Additional support is provided by the following University of Florida entities: School of Art + Art History Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Center for European Studies; France Florida Research Institute; International Center; and Paris Research Institute. Additional funding provided by the Exhibition Circle of the Harn Museum.


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