Humanities Events at NYU | October 29 – November 9, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities

Image and Text: Visuality and Postcolonial Print Cultures

November 2, 1:30 – 6:30  PM
Event Space at 244 Greene St  

Presented by the Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium at NYU in collaboration with The Postcolonial Print Cultures Network

How to Steal a Chair

October 31, 6:30 PM
721 Broadway (at Waverly Place), Room 648

Stergios Delialis is a pioneering Greek designer, an educator, a champion of Hellenic modernism, and single-handedly responsible for building up an enormous collection of over 3000 pieces of industrial design. Now he is buried under the weight of his lost dream: the Thessaloniki Design Museum, which initially had a huge international impact and then died a slow and painful death in the 1990s. He is also buried under the weight of the collection itself which is too costly to maintain amidst the financial crisis.

HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR follows Delialis as he realises he has become a ghost in his own life and contemplates – ruefully, ragingly – parting with his collection. A tragi-comic character portrait – it chronicles the retrospective of his own design work he stages in the very building of his lost museum – it’s also a pensive essay about memory and museology, the art of creating an ark, the loss of Greek futures.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Cinema Studies and The Colloquium for Unpopular Culture

The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960

Sept 6 – Dec 8 2018, Daily 
Grey Art Gallery NYU 100 Washington Square East, NYC

“NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960” portrays life in Italy before, during, and after World War II through the lens of photography. While neorealism has largely been associated with literary and cinematic depictions of dire postwar economic conditions, this exhibition draws attention to the period’s many photographers. “NeoRealismo” features approximately 175 photographs—primarily vintage prints—by over 60 Italian artists. Many of the works are paired with the original format in which they appeared—illustrated magazines, photobooks, and exhibition catalogues. In addition, “NeoRealismo” includes significant books and essays that influenced the era, and references landmark films via excerpts and movie posters. Organized by Admira and curated by Enrica Viganò, the exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication.

Hosted The NYU Grey Art Gallery.

Angela Davis: Politics and Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter

November 2, 6:30 PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

What are the different tools for combating racism today, after Obama’s presidency and the backlash of the Trump regime?  What do the tools of struggle and emancipation look like, and do aesthetics play a role? Please join us as activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis discusses politics & aesthetics in the era of Black Lives Matter.

Co-Sponsored by the Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture

They said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power

November 1, 4:30 PM
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Room 10-03
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

Michael Koncewicz will discuss his book They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power  This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

Michael Koncewicz is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. He previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum where he organized nonpartisan public programs and contributed to the museum’s research and editing process, including the renovated Watergate Gallery. He has a PhD in History from the University of California Irvine and teaches at New York City College of Technology and St. Francis College in Brooklyn. His forthcoming book They Said ‘No’ to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power will be published by University of California Press in 2018.

Sponsored by the Tamiment Library and the Frederic Ewen Center 

CIT.I.ZEN.SHIP: Reflections on Rights

October 4, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Department of Photography & Imaging Galleries
721 Broadway Lobby & 8th floor

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in collaboration with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative presents cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights with photographs, works on paper, writings, and video that reflect on human rights and notions of citizenship.

“To accept one’s past—one’s history,” wrote James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time, “is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” The theme of the exhibition reminds us that our actions today will affect the future, just as the actions of courageous individuals during the Civil Rights Movement changed the world.

Conceptually and characteristically, each of the artists uses different symbolic references to visually represent the definable issues surrounding civil rights, resistance, environmental issues, immigration, race, class, gentrification, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, disability rights, prison reform, freedom of speech and more. They use documentation, process, history, and personal experience to engage the politics of this nation and pave the way for new narratives in the future.

cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights is part of the For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, a new phase of For Freedoms programming to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, For Freedoms hopes that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.

Image from NYU’ SKirball via Events Page.