This talk will address Gerard and Kelly’s collaborative projects through the rubric of the legacy and politics of Minimalism–and those parts of human experience minimal art negates in order to function. Love and Minimalism are both impossible subjects to address in contemporary art and yet, they can’t seem to get away from either. In a discussion of their recent projects and a reading of excerpts from current writing, they will address the body and its perishable materialities as the site for working through this antinomy.
Collaborating since 2003, Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly approach art as a series of experiments to work through questions of spectatorship, desire, authorship, and the formation of political consciousness. They recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program and are currently pursuing MFAs in the Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their work has been presented in performances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Lisbon, and Paris, including at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church; Park Avenue Armory, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recent group exhibitions include Anti-Establishment, CCS Bard, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art; and Cult of The Ruin, University Art Gallery at the University of California, Irvine. Gerard and Kelly are the founders and co-directors of Moving Theater.
Additionally, as part of their work in the exhibition Anti-Establishment (on view now at CCS Bard) Gerard and Kelly will perform Recto/Verso on September 19 at 4:30pm, and November 3, 4:30pm, both in the CCS Bard Galleries.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.