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Steven Nelson (UCLA), professeur invité par l’EHESS

6-29 mars 2018

Dans le cadre de cette invitation Steven Nelson (UCLA) donnera des conférences suivantes:

Les conférences de Steven Nelson, professeur d’histoire de l’art contemporain à University of California Los Angeles, sont tirées de son livre à paraître : Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness. Il explorera plusieurs aspects du travail d’un groupe d’artistes africains et de la diaspora afro-atlantique à l’instar de Mark Bradford, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Houston Conwill, Moshekwa Langa, and Julie Mehretu, artistes qui s’intéressent aux questions de cartographie et de géographie en ce qu’elles traversent l’Africanité et/ou la Négritude (Blackness) dans leurs dimensions visuelles et artistiques. 

Mardi 6 mars à l'INHA (Salle Peiresc) - 2 rue Vivienne, 75002,  (9h-11h)

Dans le cadre du séminaire Anne Lafont "Histoire de l'art : médium, modernité, mondalité"

Houston Conwill’s Choreographed Black Histories

This lecture focuses on the artist’s conceptual installations The New Cakewalk (1988-89) and The Cakewalk Humanifesto (1989). Full of diagrams, African symbols and ideograms, references from the Chartres Cathedral and Catholic ritual, these installations are multilayered affairs that demand viewers’ mental and physical participation. With a nod to conceptual art, earth art, performance art, and informational graphics, Conwill constructs multilayered environments that highlight complex black histories and insist upon black presence. Yet at the same time, these complex worlds superimpose multiple systems of knowledge on top of one another, ultimately rendering these spaces virtually unreadable. 

Vendredi 9 mars au 105 bd Raspail - salle 9, (11h-13h) :

Dans le cadre de séminaire collectif "Les arts en Afrique et dans ses diasporas : pratiques, savoirs, mobilités.

The Artist as Geographer: On Mark Bradford, Moshekwa Langa, and Julie Mehretu.               This lecture investigates how each artist, as a geographer who also pays close attention to the histories of 20th-century art, plays with a mix of mediums to create monumental, fantasmic, and chaotic spaces that problematize the authority of official maps while they remap new kinds of spaces that interrogate the relationships of groups of things, peoples, and ideologies in new and, at times, uncomfortable ways.

Mardi 20 mars à l'INHA (9h-11h)

Dans le cadre du Séminaire Anne Lafont "Histoire de l'art : médium, modernité, mondaialité".

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Mothers and Medium

This lecture centers on her 1998 installation Spoken Softly with Mama, part two of her series A History of People Who Are Not Heroes. The series is based on the artist’s life, family histories, and familial recollections in La Vega, a former sugar plantation in the Cuban Province of Matanzas. Campos-Pons’ relationship to this place is complicated. It is both the site of her happy childhood and the location to which her family was brought as slaves from Nigeria. Spoken Softly with Mama is family portrait and a metonym of a larger history of Afro-Cubans from the middle passage to their contemporary lives. Moreover, this is a female world that highlights the connection of women to the making and the articulation of memory. 

Jeudi 29 mars à la Terra Foundation for American Art - 121 rue de Lille, (à 18h).

A Conflicted Geography: African American Artists & African Diaspora.

Un dialogue entre Anne Lafont (EHESS) et Steven Nelson (UCLA)

Among the critical questions that mark African American art historical scholarship today, the legacy of slavery and the transmission of cultural memories rooted in African traditions have emerged as some of the most loaded issues. Tracing the importance of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora in current debates has been recognized as an urgent task, which concerns critics and historians as as artists. Critical thinking on the subject is heightened by the growing breach between those who refuse to consider black art a distinct category, speaking instead to its universal experience, and voices that claim its unequivocal difference, with race at its very core.


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