Artists Space

Artists Space Dialogues:
Andrea Fraser and Gregg Bordowitz

April 29, 2017, 7pm

What strategies and approaches can we develop within the art field to resist the rise of authoritarianism and the Trump agenda? What activist tactics can be applied productively today? How can we learn from the entwined legacies of institutional critique and social change movements?

A woman interviews Francisco Weffort, the Brazilian Minister of culture, holding out a TV microphone.
Andrea Fraser, Reporting from São Paulo, I'm from the United States, 1998. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler. [A woman interviews Francisco Weffort, the Brazilian Minister of culture, holding out a TV microphone.]

Artists Space Dialogues takes the format of a public conversation between two people. Initiated by art historian Bettina Funcke in 2016, the series traverses the work, thinking, histories, trajectories, and processes of figures of influence in the field of contemporary art and visual culture. This is the second of three Dialogues led by Gregg Bordowitz.

Andrea Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group The V-Girls (1986-1996), the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997-1998) and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005-2008), and was co-organizer (with Helmut Draxler) of the “working-group exhibition" Services (1994-2001). She serves on the boards of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) and Grex, the West Coast Affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, and on the Organizing Committee of the Artists Political Action Network. Fraser is a professor in the Department of Art at the University of California Los Angeles, and a visiting faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Gregg Bordowitz in an artist and writer. His work was included most recently in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (2015-16), for which he published the chapbook Tenement, and his films and performances have been included in exhibitions internationally. His most recent book, General Idea: Imagevirus, was published by Afterall in 2010. Volition, a book of poetry, was published by Printed Matter in 2009, and a collection of his writings, The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986–2003, was published by MIT Press in 2004. He is currently the director of the Low-Residency MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and lives in New York.

Artists Space Dialogues: Andrea Fraser in conversation with Gregg Bordowitz. Conversation documentation, April 29, 2017, Artists Space. [Two people speak on microphones in front of a small audience, with a projected visual aid.]