IMAGE: Charles Atlas, Institute for Turbulence Research (from Tornado Warning), 2008. Four-channel synchronized video projection, transparent screen, VMU, sound. Dimensions variable. Running time: 6:00. Installation view, Strange Pilgrims, organized by The Contemporary Austin, on view at the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 2015. Artwork © Charles Atlas. Courtesy the artist; Luhring Augustine, New York; and Vilma Gold, London. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Strange Pilgrims Symposium: Experience In and Beyond the White Cube


Saturday, November 14, 9:45A–6P
Light breakfast and meet-and-greet begins at 9A
FREE and open to the public


The University of Texas at Austin
Doty Fine Arts Building, Room 2.204

The Visual Arts Center hosts a symposium that brings together scholars, critics, The University of Texas at Austin faculty and students, and the public to discuss themes connected to the exhibition Strange Pilgrims, organized by Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin.

Speakers include Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of International Art (Film) at Tate Modern; Heather Pesanti, senior curator of The Contemporary Austin; Ann Reynolds, associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts; Michael Smith, professor of Studio Art in Transmedia in the Department of Art and Art History; Valerie Smith, freelance curator and writer; Rachel Stuckey, MFA candidate in Studio Art; and Department of Art and Art History PhD candidates in Art History Dorota Biczel, Kate Green, and Robin Kathleeen Williams.

One of Pesanti’s aims in organizing the exhibition Strange Pilgrims was to suggest a number of relationships among a wide and eclectic range of works by contemporary artists that are experiential in non-spectacular ways—non-spectacular in that the works generate experiences that might be considered to be mundane and part and parcel of everyday life and that, in another context, might not be recognized as art experiences at all.

This symposium provides a context for thinking about how such experiences are shaped or reshaped by exhibitions. Each speaker will address specific historical or contemporary works, commissions, or exhibitions and related issues that are of primary interest to them and in dialogue with the other participants’ interests. We intend for this to be a conversation about the nature and role of the “experiential” in modern and contemporary art.

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Experience In and Beyond the White Cube is organized by the Visual Arts Center and Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin and presented in partnership with The Contemporary Austin.

Support for Experience In and Beyond the White Cube comes from the Ford Foundation. Special thanks to media sponsor Glasstire for its generous support of this event.

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