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Center for Curatorial Studies Presents

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Brant Foundation Lecture in Contemporary Art: AA Bronson
Campus Center, Weis Cinema
5:00 pm
“WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?” Art, Activism, and Abracadabra
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) will present the second in The Brant Foundation Lecture in Contemporary Art series with a lecture by artist AA Bronson, to be given on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5pm at Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College. This lecture is made by possible by the major grant given from The Brant Foundation to Bard College to support The Brant Foundation Fellowship in Contemporary Arts.

On the 50th anniversary of the founding of General Idea, the artists' group that he founded with his partners Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal in 1968, AA Bronson will visit Bard to speak about art, activism and magic.

AA Bronson’s work—as an artist, healer, curator, and educator—is dominated by the practice of collaboration and consensus. From his beginnings in a free school and commune, through his 25 years as one of the artists of General Idea, in his deep involvement with founding and developing collaborative and social structures such as Art Metropole, the NY Art Book Fair and AA Bronson’s School for Young Shamans, and through his current collaborations with younger generations, he has focused on the politics of decision-making and on living life radically as social sculpture. 

AA will speak on his history with art and social justice through the lens of various projects: from the commune movement and underground newspapers of the 60s, to AIDS activism in the 80s and 90s, to an obsession with art and healing for the last twenty years. For the first time, he will describe and reflect upon his current project, A Public Apology to Siksika Nation, which builds on his family history to address white supremacy and the attempted destruction of Blackfoot culture.

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Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema