Everything Is Connected | Douglas Eklund, Ian Alteveer and guest artists | The Enlightenment Series
7 - 9 PM | Spoonbill Studio | 99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, New York | Map
The Enlightenment Series, curated by Arezoo Moseni in collaboration with Miles Bellamy and Spoonbill Books, brings to public dialogues and discourses featuring luminaries and new books.
Douglas Eklund and Ian Alteveer, the curators of Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, discuss the exhibition and accompanying book of the same title with Wayne Gonzales, Rachel Harrison and Sarah Anne Johnson, a few of the artists in the exhibition currently on view at The Met Breuer.
Since the mid-twentieth century, conspiracy has pervaded our collective worldview, shaped by events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and 9/11. Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy examines how artists from the 1960s to the present have explored both the covert operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by some thirty artists — including Sarah Charlesworth, Emory Douglas, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Mark Lombardi, Cady Noland, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Sue Williams — in media ranging from painting, drawing, and photography to video and installation art. Whether they uncover webs of deceit hidden in the public record or dive headlong into paranoid fever dreams, these artists use their work to take a powerful and proactive stance against the political corruption, consumerism, bureaucracy, and media manipulation that are hallmarks of contemporary life. The book includes contributions by Meredith A. Brown, John Miller, Kathryn Olmsted, and Beth Saunders and a preface by Jonathan Lethem.
Copies of Everything is Connected are available for purchase and signing at the event.
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