Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming
April 26–June 11, 2011
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (8th Floor, Schermerhorn Hall)
Wednesday–Saturday, 1–5 pm
Opening reception: Tuesday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
Special performance by Ronnie Bass ('07SOA) and Gandalf Gavan ('05SOA)
Four students in Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program (MODA), working in collaboration with Professor Kaira M. Cabañas, serve as curators: Alexander Benenson, Kristen Chappa, Donald Johnson-Montenegro, and Tomoko Kanamitsu.
They have selected work by fifteen recent graduates of Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program: Dave Arnold ('97SOA), Ronnie Bass ('07SOA), Guy Ben-Ner ('03SOA), Sean Dack ('02SOA), N Dash ('10SOA), Marc Handelman ('03SOA), Tim Hyde ('05SOA), Will Kwan ('04SOA), Mads Lynnerup ('08SOA), Yasue Maetake ('06SOA), Gabriel Martinez ('09SOA), Gedi Sibony ('00SOA), Mika Tajima ('03SOA), Christian de Vietri ('09SOA), and Rona Yefman ('09SOA).
Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming offers an unconventional exploration of love. Rather than conceptualize love as a romantic gesture, Common Love, inspired by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's 2009 book Commonwealth, resituates love within contemporary sociopolitical discourse. The works included in the exhibition explore love as a way to participate in the production of a contemporary world where physical, cultural, and virtual space is shared. Shed of its conventional packaging, the transformative power of love can be identified in the work of the fifteen artists included.
The exhibition is accompanied by Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming, edited by Kaira M. Cabañas. Published by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, the catalogue includes contributions by Professor and Chair of the Visual Arts Program Gregory Amenoff, Art History and Archaeology Professor Robert E. Harrist Jr., and the exhibition curators.
> Lecture on love and politics with Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature and Italian Studies at Duke University
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 pm
Room 114, Avery Hall
Sponsored by Columbia University's MODA program in the Department of Art History and Archaeology; The School of the Arts; and the CCCP program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Additional funding provided by the Departments of Anthropology, English, as well as French and Romance Philology.
> Common Love: Video Program
Saturday, May 7, 7 pm
Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall
Featured artists include Ronnie Bass, Guy Ben-Ner, Will Kwan, Mads Lynnerup, and Rona Yefman. Organized in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts.