Jay Sanders, Elisabeth Sussman,
Thomas Beard and Ed Halter
In conversation with Michelle Kuo about Whitney Biennial 2012
Conversation
Tuesday, June 5, 7pm

Seven Billion Perverts:
A program in response to the Whitney Biennial 2012

April 27 – June 5, 2012

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street
New York
NY 10013

Is it irresponsible to allow people to speak, without precautions, without supporting documentation, and without a pseudo-scientific screen? How otherwise to conceive of a study, whether it be in psychiatry, pedagogy, or areas that concern justice? Is it really dangerous to let people speak of things as they feel them, and with their language, their passions, their excesses? [...] We think that the expression of desire is synonymous with disorder and irrationality. But the neurotic order that forces desire to conform to dominant models perhaps constitutes the real disorder, the real irrationality.
– Felix Guattari, Three Billion Perverts on the Stand, 1974


As a curatorial programming partner of Whitney Biennial 2012, Artists Space Books & Talks will be the site of a weekly program, curated by Artists Space, focusing on key concerns from the work of the exhibiting artists, as well as from Whitney Biennial 2012 as a whole.

Artists Space Books & Talks is a space in which new ideas can be proposed, examined and contested, fostering a discourse beyond exhibition and display. It acknowledges the vital role that the exchange of knowledge plays within the context of contemporary art and beyond – how we locate ourselves and our work in an expanded cultural field; how we relate to each other and each other’s desires, and to the conditions of living in 2012.

As Artists Space turns forty this year, opening this second permanent venue, which will exist alongside Artists Space Exhibitions, will build new and extend existing relationships. Discussion, debate, correspondence, and argument have long formed a central part of Artists Space’s work—as aspects of working and living, these social relations are to be seen as much in the realm of art production as an object or image; or, as Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine once said, “A picture is no substitute for anything.”¹ In addition to an open space for talks, discussions, screenings, and meetings, Artists Space Books & Talks houses a bookstore—consisting initially of one thousand titles, selected by one hundred artists, writers, and thinkers.

As a parallel narrative, relationships will, or will not unfold over time.



1 This phrase references a statement made by Hollis Frampton to Carl Andre, in 12 dialogues, 1962–1963, ed. Benjamin H.D. Buchloh (Halifax: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; New York: New York University Press, 1980).

Race d'Ep! – A film by Guy Hocquenghem and Lionel Soukaz
With a conversation between Lionel Soukaz and Bruce Benderson
Screening and Conversation
Friday, May 18, 2012, 7pm

Jutta Koether's The Seasons
Jeff Nagy and Michael Sanchez
Talk
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3 - 5pm

Public Bodies, Private Parts – Part 1
Symposium
May 18 – 19, 2012

Materials, Money, Crisis
Symposium
Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

Standard Evaluation Materials
Lucy Raven
Lecture Performance
Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:30pm

Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Bruce Baird on Tatsumi Hijikata and Butoh
With a screening of Donald Richie’s Sacrifice/Gisei (1959)
Lecture and Screening
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 3pm

Performing Institution
With participants Shannon Jackson, David Velasco
with Sarah Michelson, and Georgia Sagri
Symposium
May 26 and May 29, 2012

Performing Institution
With Shannon Jackson, and David Velasco with Sarah Michelson
Talks
Saturday, May 26, 2012, 7pm

Public Bodies Private Parts – Part 2
With participants:
Justin Spring on Samuel Steward
and Mark Turner on Forrest Bess
Symposium
June 1 – 2, 2012

Working the No Work
A conversation between Georgia Sagri and Stephen Squibb
Talk
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7pm

Fifth Season Act, Apotheosically
Jutta Koether
Performance
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7pm

Inside and Outside: Forrest Bess's Queer Life
Mark Turner on Forrest Bess
With a screening of Ari Marcopolous and Chuck Smith's Key to the Riddle (2000)
Lecture and Screening
Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7pm

Secret Historian
Justin Spring on Samuel Steward
Talk
Friday, June 1, 2012, 7pm

Jay Sanders, Elisabeth Sussman, Thomas Beard and Ed Halter
In conversation with Michelle Kuo about Whitney Biennial 2012
Conversation
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 7pm

Materials, Money, Crisis

Symposium
April 27 – 29



Standard Evaluation Materials
Lucy Raven
Lecture Performance
Friday, April 27, 7.30pm


Materials, Money, Crisis
with Nathan Brown, Craig Buckley, Melanie Gilligan, Benjamin Lee and Sam Lewitt
Presentations
Saturday, April 28, 3 - 6pm


Jutta Koether's The Seasons
Jeff Nagy and Michael Sanchez
Talk
Sunday, April 29, 3 - 5pm

Public Bodies, Private Parts – Part 1

Symposium
May 18 – 19



Race d’Ep! – A film by Guy Hocquenghem and Lionel Soukaz
With a conversation between Lionel Soukaz and Bruce Benderson
Screening and Conversation
Friday, May 18, 7pm


Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Bruce Baird on Tatsumi Hijikata and Butoh
With a screening of Donald Richie’s Sacrifice/Gisei (1959)
Lecture and Screening
Saturday, May 19, 3pm

Public Bodies Private Parts – Part 2

Symposium
June 1 – 2


Secret Historian
Justin Spring on Samuel Steward
Talk
Friday, June 1, 7pm


Inside and Outside:
Forrest Bess's Queer Life
Mark Turner on Forrest Bess
With a screening of Ari Marcopolous and Chuck Smith's Key to the Riddle (2000)
Lecture and Screening
Saturday, June 2, 7pm

Performing Institution

Symposium
May 26 and May 29



Performing Institution
With Shannon Jackson, and David Velasco with Sarah Michelson
Talks
Saturday, May 26, 7pm


Working the No Work
Georgia Sagri and Stephen Squibb
Conversation
Tuesday, May 29, 7pm

Fifth Season Act, Apotheosically
Jutta Koether
Performance
Thursday, May 31, 7pm