Dear friends of Cabinet,
We hope you can join us for one or more of the following events.
• Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 7–9 pm: Panel / "Arboreal Habits," with Laura Auricchio, Giulia Pacini, Joel Smith, and Paula Stuttman
• Thursday, 16 May 2013, 6:30–9 pm: School of Death / "Learn How to Die," with Simon Critchley
• Saturday, 18 May 2013, 2–5 pm: School of Death / "Suicide and Epitaph Workshops," with Simon Critchley and Jeff Dolven
See below for details.
Panel / "Arboreal Habits," with Laura Auricchio, Giulia Pacini, Joel Smith, and Paula Stuttman
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. NO RSVP required.
Organized by Laura Auricchio
Please join us for a panel examining the history of our complex and contradictory relationship with trees—venerated in myth and poetry and crucial to the earth's ecological balance, they are also exploited as the raw material of a global economy that unceremoniously transforms them into a mere commodity. Laura Auricchio, organizer of this event, will begin the evening with a short introduction to the nascent field of tree studies. Joel Smith will ask why, when handheld cameras were mass-marketed in the late nineteenth century, people started climbing trees to be photographed, and why they then suddenly stopped. Giulia Pacini will explore the idea of "arboreal habits" and the value of trees in eighteenth-century French literary representations of "homeland." And Paula Stuttman will focus on Lee Mingwei's The Bodhi Tree Project via a participatory presentation based on the game of 20 Questions.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Laura Auricchio is Associate Professor of Art History at Parsons The New School of Design, and Chair of Humanities at the New School for Public Engagement, a newly formed division of the university. A specialist in visual and material culture in the Age of Revolution, she is co-editor of Invaluable Trees: Cultures of Nature, 1660–1830 (Voltaire Foundation, 2012). Her next book, The Marquis—on the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution—is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.
Giulia Pacini teaches French literary and cultural studies at the College of William & Mary. Her current research focuses on the symbolic and material significance of trees in early modern France. She is the coeditor of Invaluable Trees: Cultures of Nature, 1660–1830 (Voltaire Foundation, 2012).
Joel Smith is Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum. His publications include Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (Yale University Press, 2006) and The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time (Yale University Press, 2011).
Paula Stuttman is a visual artist and a part-time assistant professor of art history at the New School for Public Engagement. She is an educator in multiple programs at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Jewish Museum.
Beer for this event has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.
School of Death / "Learn How to Die," with Simon Critchley
Date: Thursday, 16 May 2013, 6:30–9 pm
School of Death / "Suicide and Epitaph Workshops," with Simon Critchley and Jeff Dolven
Date: Saturday, 18 May 2013, 2–5 pm
Location: Family Business, 520 West 21st St, New York (map here)
Both events are FREE. NO RSVP required.
Organized by Cabinet and Simon Critchley
School of Death, organized by Cabinet and Simon Critchley, will run at Family Business from 7 May to 18 May 2013. This is the first incarnation of the school, an educational institution dedicated to exploring the relationship between death and the examined life. As the institution's motto declares, "If the examined life is not worth living, then is death not worth examining"?
The school offers its final two programs of its inaugural semester:
16 May 2013, 6:30–9 pm: Lecture
Simon Critchley will give a lecture entitled "Learn How to Die."
18 May 2013, 2–5 pm: Suicide Note and Epitaph Workshop
A hands-on workshop on suicide notes (2–3:30 pm) run by Simon Critchley, will be followed immediately by a workshop on epitaphs (3:30–5) run by Jeff Dolven. Please bring your works-in-progress for classroom discussion.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Simon Critchley, who is not dead yet, teaches philosophy for a living at the New School for Social Research. He writes for the New York Times and his new book Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine, co-written with Jamieson Webster, will be published by Pantheon in June.
Jeff Dolven teaches English at Princeton University, where he is director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM).
ABOUT FAMILY BUSINESS
Family Business is an exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni. It is a free time-share: a space made available to people who have something interesting to say; a way to get to know new families and friends. Family Business is powered by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. A guest + a host = a ghost. Nadja Argyropoulou is the Family Business guest (or ghost) curator for 2013.
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