Susan Howe

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PublisherThe Club2019
“Defacement” introduces twelve contemporary artists, and presents them in context alongside the “Situationist International,” an intellectual, social and artistic organization active from 1957-1972 which included Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The Situationists aimed to critique the evolving mass-consumerist society resulting from the globalizing force of capitalism. At the core of the exhibition is a re-reading of the strategy détournement, specifically interpreting the concept of defacement. The exhibition includes painter Jacqueline de Jong, who was one of the original members of “Situationist International,” Andy Warhol, whose use of repetition negated the concept of preciousness and posed a question to our conception ...
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PublisherHarvard University2014
An alternate version of a humbling lecture-performance by the poet Susan Howe, first given at an event organized by the CEL for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Drawn from Howe’s experiences searching in archives and special collections (including the Emily Dickinson Collection at Amherst College, the William Carlos Williams Collection at SUNY Buffalo, the Ratti Textile Center at the Met, and both the Jonathan Edwards Collection and the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers at Yale’s Beinecke Library), SPONTANEOUS PARTICULARS: The Telepathy of Archives mines the moments when the materiality of research in physical archives brings the past into what ...

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