Sarah Morris in Dialogue with Bettina Funcke
Maneuvering Systems:
the Artist and the Protagonist

Conversation Documentation
Wednesday, March 2, 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.

Douglas Crimp
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7pm
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Sarah Morris
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7pm

John Knight
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7pm
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Since the late 1990s, Sarah Morris has produced an extensive body of films and paintings, together creating a new language of place and politics.

Taking cities as her framework, Morris’s work plays with social and bureaucratic typologies, implicating occluded systems of control: President Bill Clinton, Chase Bank, Philip Johnson, Robert Towne, the Olympics, Oscar Niemeyer, J.G. Ballard, perfume, lunar cycles, pharmaceutical packaging, birdcages and even fruits are fair game. In Bettina Funcke’s words: “She wants to be both author and protagonist, and to her that means using compromised personalities and places as portals into entanglements of power, generating a sense of dizzying simultaneity that she translates into motives and resources for her paintings and a flow of images for her films, all of which add up to topologies of a moment in the life of power and style.”

Recent exhibitions include: M Museum, Leuven (2015); Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen (2013); Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot (2012); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2012); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2009); Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (2009); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (2008).

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.