THE KEITH HARING LECTURE IN ART AND ACTIVISM GIVEN BY Galit Eilat

May 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CCS Bard, Classroom 102

Galit Eilat founded and directed, from 2001 to 2010, the Israeli Center for Digital Arts in Holon, which under her leadership became one of the pre-eminent sites for genuine collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian artists, as well as with art organizations from the Near East, former Eastern European bloc and the Balkans. In 2004, she co-founded Maarav, an online arts and culture magazine, which she went on to edit until 2010. She was part of the team that developed a series of traveling seminars entitled ‘Liminal Spaces’ (2006-2009), which aspired primarily to establish an absent but essential platform for joint work, action, and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian art communities.

Between 2010 and 2013 she collaborated with the Van Abbemuseum on several projects, including Play VanAbbe, Picasso in Palestine, and the collection presentation. She served as artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, in Cologne from 2012-2013. She has curated and co- curated many exhibitions, including the Polish Pavilion in the Venice Biennale (2011), and 32nd October Salon in Belgrade (2011). She was also a member of the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial curatorial team between 2013-2015, and she was involved in projects in Kosovo, Ljubljana, Turkey, Poland, and elsewhere. She has taught and lectured in a range of universities, museums, and galleries, and has written extensively about art and politics.

In Eilat’s words, her work “creates conditions to untangle knowledge through collective encounters and experiences, ” part of a search for ways to “challenge the status quo in order to open a space to perceive the new, the unfamiliar, and possibilities for courageous actions in time.”

Eilat is the 2017-2018 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard College. While in residence Bard College during the Fall 2017 semester, Eilat pursued the current phase of her research titled “Syndrome of the Present,” investigating sovereignty, present conflicts, and eschatological movements through the 17th century myth of Westphalia. She also taught two courses during her residency at Bard College during the Fall 2017 semester. The first was an undergraduate course through the Human Rights Program entitled Violence, Sovereignty, and the Image: Analyzing ISIS Media, and the second was a graduate course at the Center for Curatorial Studies entitled Contingency and Potentiality: Unrealized Biennale Proposals.

The Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism is made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation. The Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting Fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College. The Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism was established to allow a distinguished leader in the field to investigate the role of art as a catalyst for social change, linking the two programs and presenting original research in an annual lecture. 

For more information on The Keith Haring Foundation – www.haring.com

For more information on the Human Rights Project at Bard College – http://hrp.bard.edu

 

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