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Art + Research Center: Evan Calder Williams

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October 6, 2016 7pm
Evan Calder Williams. Courtesy of the Artist.

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Art + Research Center’s Thursday evening public lecture by Evan Calder William is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

As part of the Art + Research Center’s pilot semester, “New Social Abstractions,” arts theorist Evan Calder Williams will deliver a public lecture on analogy at ICA Miami. To learn more, or enroll in workshops conducted by Evan Calder Williams, please visit icamiami.org/arc.

From the artist:

“Often when we try to make sense of the seeming incoherence of the present, we rely on analogy. For instance, one hears that the proto-fascist nativism of Trump is to our time as that of the Nazis was to 1920s Germany. Or that automation is to the ‘digital revolution’ as mechanization was to the ‘industrial revolution.’ Whether or not these comparisons are right, analogy nevertheless provides a necessary frame, at once analytical and affective, refusing ahistorical ideas of total novelty while opening the prospect of finding hidden connections between what feels impossibly distant.

“It’s more rare, however, that we consider the basic structure of analogy, what it derives from, and what limits it carries with it. This talk suggests a different history of analogy, seeing it not only as an abstraction used to think about historical breaks and continuities but also as a real structure materially constructed around us over recent centuries: that diffuse system of exchange, management, and spatial transformation on which capitalism’s use of human time and effort depends. In telling this other history, we can discern the contours of a massive design project from which specific persons profit but which has no central planner, an inhuman network of interchange entrenched in the sewers, protocols, currencies, police, and satellites that make possible the valuation and interaction of radically different things – and that are continually threatened by the social frictions that gather within these passages and against their continuity.”

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Art + Research Center’s pilot semester, “New Social Abstractions.” To learn more, or enroll in workshops conducted by Evan Calder Williams, please visit icamiami.org/arc

About Evan Calder Williams

Evan Calder Williams is a writer, theorist, and artist. He received a PhD in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and was a Fulbright Fellow in Italy for his research on cinema, industry, and revolt. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, Mute, The Journal of American Studies, Radical Philosophy, Historical Materialism, Third Rail, and The New Inquiry. He has presented films, performance, and audio works at the Serpentine Gallery, the Whitney Museum, Tramway, Artists Space, Images Festival, ISSUE Project Room, the Ljubjana Biennial of Graphic Arts, and the Montreal International Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. He is part of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine and works, with Lucy Raven and Victoria Brooks, as Thirteen Black Cats, a research and production collective for moving images. He was a 2015 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room, and is currently a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

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On December 1, 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will open in its new home in the heart of the Miami Design District at 61 NE 41st St. Dedicated to the exchange of art and ideas, our three-story, 37,500-square-foot museum will expand the museum’s ability to engage the most important artists of our time.

Aerial view of ICA Miami, South Façade. Courtesy Wolfberg Alvarez. Photo: Smith Aerial Photos.

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Location of the new Institute of Contemporary Art in the Miami Design District on NE 41st St between N Miami Ave and NE 1st Ave.

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The Everywhere Studio
Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 26, 2018

“The Everywhere Studio” explores the evolution of the artist’s studio from the post-war period to present day and features over 100 works by 50 artists from the past five decades including Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Carolee Schneemann, Matthew Barney, Rosemarie Trockel, Neïl Beloufa, Yves Klein, among others. Click to learn more.

Roy Lichtenstein, Artist's Studio with Model, 1974. Oil and Magna on canvas, 96 x 128 in. Collection of Irma & Norman Braman.

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Chris Ofili
Dec 1, 2017 – May 5, 2019

A new installation of paintings by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili will reflect the artist’s practice of employing historical and cultural references to comment on contemporary society.

Chris Ofili, Post Black (Love, Life, Liberty), 2015. Oil on linen. Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

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Tomm El-Saieh
Dec 1, 2017 – May 14, 2018

Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Tomm El-Saieh will inaugurate ICA Miami’s new project gallery with a series of new paintings exploring the connections between abstraction and the Haitian tradition of narrative icon painting.

Tomm El-Saied, Tete Foumi (Ants Tits), 2015. Acrylic on canvas. Private collection, Miami. Courtesy the Artist and Central Fine, Miami Beach.

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Charles Gaines
Dec 1, 2017 – Nov 4, 2018

Activating the staircase’s vertical cantilevers, the site-specific installation by Charles Gaines will explore the artist’s application of seriality on a massive scale. Gaines’s practice places him within the legacy of conceptualism, evidenced by works such as his gridded, serial images of trees painted on Plexiglas.

Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees IV, #2 Xeno (orange), 1988. Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, wood. Courtesy the Artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Jeff Mclane.

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Mark Handforth
Dec 1, 2017 – June 26, 2021

On view in the sculpture garden, a major sculpture by Miami artist Mark Handforth depicting a bent telephone pole-star will embody the artist’s signature use of industrial materials and pop iconography.

Mark Handforth, Pink Panther, 2016. Sculpture, aluminum, painted. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.

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Abigail DeVille
Dec 1, 2017- Oct 14, 2018

Bronx-born artist Abigail DeVille will create new work for the sculpture garden reflecting on Miami’s rich and diverse social history. DeVille is known for multimedia installations that involve deep social engagement and historical investigation.

Abigail DeVille, Half Moon, 2016. Reclaimed lumber, plastics tarps, accumulated debris. Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park. Photo: Nate Dorr.

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Allora & Calzadilla
Dec 1, 2017 – Aug 18, 2018

Puerto Rican artist duo Allora & Calzadilla will create a large-scale installation for the sculpture garden. The artists are renowned for their radical approach to the medium.

Allora & Calzadilla, Track and Field, 2011. 54th Biennale di Venzia. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images.

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