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apexart :: Public Program :: Animals in Contemporary Art: Objectification, Creativity, and Collaboration
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Public Program NYC
Animals in Contemporary Art: Objectification, Creativity, and Collaboration

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2 pm

Giovanni Aloi examines the history of artists working with animals, and the implications this has for notions of authorship and collaboration within the field of contemporary art.


Michael Anthony Simon, Faux/Real (Gold), 2011 (detail)
This talk evaluates the challenges involved in human/animal relations that currently unfold in contemporary art. Determined to overcome the objectifying iconographies of animal representation in classical art, contemporary artists are more than ever before committed to envision new human/animal engagement. Notions of authorship, skill, aesthetics, and meaning are thus brought into question by the inclusion of living animals in the processes of art making. In this context, creativity and collaboration become new markers of the limits and potentialities involved in rethinking the very boundaries of artistic practice.



Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. He studied History of Art and Art Practice in Milan, obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a Doctorate on the subject of natural history in contemporary art from Goldsmiths University of London. Giovanni teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London, and Tate Galleries. He has curated art projects involving photography and the moving image, and is a BBC radio and TV contributor. His work has been translated in Italian, Chinese, French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish. His first book titled Art & Animals was published in 2011 and since 2006 he is the Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.

This event is free and open to the public.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
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