The Visitor Talks : Sarah Pierce + Annie Fletcher

October 26, 2015 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CCS Bard, Classroom 102

Sarah Pierce (born Connecticut 1968) is an artist working across a variety of media, including performance, video, sculpture, publishing and installation. For the past 15 years she has been based in Dublin. Since 2003, she has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project. Despite its institutional resonance, this title does not signify an organization. Instead, it demonstrates Pierce’s broad understanding of cultural work, articulated through a personal methodology involving performance, video, papers, interviews, archives, talks and exhibitions. Characterised as a way to play with a shared neuroses of place (read ‘complex’ in the Freudian sense), whether a specific locality or a wider set of circumstances that frame interaction, her activity considers forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that Pierce undertakes highlight a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art: the potential for dissent and self-determination and the proximity of past artworks. 

Pierce holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College at London University and an MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is a past participant of the Whitney Museum ISP in New York. In 2013, Book Works published the first monograph on Pierce’s work, edited by Rike Frank and designed by Peter Maybury, entitled Sketches of Universal History Compiled from Several Authors by Sarah Pierce. Exhibitions in 2015 include a four-person show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art called El Lissitzky: the Artist and the StateSarah Pierce: Pathos of Distance, a collaborative research based exhibition with the ESB CSIA at the National Gallery of Ireland; and a presentation of new work for Positions #2, curated by Annie Fletcher at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

Annie Fletcher is Chief Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and a tutor at de Appel, Amsterdam. She has most recently curated or co-curated projects including A Republic of Art (VAM),  El Lissitzky: the Artist and the State with Rosella Biscotti, Nuria Guell, Alice Milligan, Sarah Pierce and Hito Steyerl (IMMA Dublin) , and the mid career retrospectives of Ahmet Ogut,  Hito Steyerl and Sheela Gowda.  She has worked on the Museum of Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera, which opened in the fall of 2013 at the Van Abbemuseum. In 2012 she was curator of the biennale EVA International. She was co-founder and co-director of the rolling curatorial platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution with Frederique Bergholtz (2005-10). As a writer she has contributed to various magazines such Afterall and Metropolis M and other publications.  

This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Plus One


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