Artists Space

Artists Space Dialogues:
Huey Copeland, Michelle Kuo

May 9, 2018, 7pm

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 first of three Dialogues led by Michelle Kuo.

Sculpture of an alien spaceship made out of sheet metal, with a red and blue LED light, sitting in a gallery.
George Clinton, Peter Larkin and Jules Fisher, The Mothership, 1990s. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Gift of Love to the planet. [Sculpture of an alien spaceship made out of sheet metal, with a red and blue LED light, sitting in a gallery.]

Huey Copeland is Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. His research and teaching focus on contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field. Copeland has published in leading journals, from American Art to Small Axe, as well as in numerous international exhibition catalogues and essay collections. The author of Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Copeland is currently at work on two book projects that further explore the intersections of race, gender, and the aesthetic in the modern world.

Michelle Kuo is The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kuo was Editor-in-Chief of Artforum International, New York, from 2010–2017, and has contributed to numerous journals, books, and museum exhibition catalogues, including Seth Price, Stedelijk Museum, 2017; Robert Rauschenberg, The Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern, 2016; and Sculpture After Sculpture, Moderna Museet, 2014. She is currently working on a book about the postwar organization Experiments in Art and Technology.

Artists Space Dialogues: Huey Copeland, Michelle Kuo. Conversation documentation, May 9, 2018, Artists Space. [Video documentation of Copeland and Kuo in conversation at Artists Space.]