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Utopia In Action | Alexandra Munroe

by Alexandra_Munroe on August 1, 2017

The Watermill
Center39 Watermill Town Road
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES | ALEXANDRA MUNROE
August 17, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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In anticipation of the Guggenheim Museum’s fall show, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, lead exhibition curator Alexandra Munroe will discuss an aspect of the show as it relates to Watermill’s ambitions. Since the early 2000s, several multi-year, communal projects led by artists, critics, curators, and activists emerged around China. Artists and collectives from Second Life creator Cao Fei, to activist Ai Weiwei created their own asylums, sanctuaries, and laboratories to carry out direct action to effect real change. In doing so, they were at the crest of a broad international current of artist-activists pushing for participatory, process-based, archive-intensive, and socially-engaged practices beyond the white-cube gallery to launch real-world change.  As with earlier revolutionary programs in China’s modern history, each destroying one order to erect a more just one, the countryside was where it all unfolded.  The common medium was now the Internet, a newly ideal space to act out new kinds of social orders.

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