John Knight and
Bettina Funcke in situ


Conversation Documentation
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

One of the defining characteristics of Artists Space’s work is dialogue: dialogue between artists, writers, scholars, theorists and our audiences.

Artists Space Dialogues takes the simple format of a public conversation between two people. Every month renowned art historian Bettina Funcke will talk with an influential figure in the field of contemporary art and visual culture, investigating their work and thinking, their histories, trajectories, and processes.


Artist John Knight’s biography states that he “lives in Los Angeles and works in-situ.” Since the late 1960s his work has been grounded in an address of site, particularly articulating the ideological and architectural parameters of the museum, gallery and public sphere. In this regard, his work can be seen to extend from the critical address of spatial concerns raised by Minimalism, while taking on diverse forms of intervention through publications, commodities, graphics and architecture. Through such activation and occupation of material, discursive and economic conditions, Knight interrogates the operations of power within art, design and institutionalism.

Recent exhibitions by John Knight include: Redcat, Los Angeles, (2016); Greene Naftali, New York (2015); Art Institute of Chicago (2015); and Portikus, Frankfurt (2013). Knight was also included in the Whitney Biennial 2012 curated by Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman.



The first season of Artists Space Dialogues includes:

Douglas Crimp
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7pm
For documentation click here

Sarah Morris
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7pm
For documentation click here

John Knight
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7pm


Writer and editor Bettina Funcke is author of Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low (Sternberg Press, 2009). As Head of Publications for dOCUMENTA (13), she produced a range of publications that included the notable series 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts.

She leads seminars on contemporary art in the ”Critical Theory and the Arts” Masters Program at School of Visual Arts. As a teacher, in her writings, dialogues, as well as her publishing projects, Funcke focuses on individual artists or thinkers, placing them in the context of a rapidly changing public realm in which art’s growing popularity is inversely proportional to an increasing sense of political powerlessness. Recent publications included texts on Wade Guyton, Sarah Morris, and the state of the copy, as well as conversations with Laura Poitras, Fia Backström, and Robert Hullot-Kentor.

Funcke co-founded the publishing house The Leopard Press, which recently published Fuck Seth Price, a novel by Seth Price.