* Coming Soon! The New Radical Archives Workshop *
The New Radical Archives Workshop is a series of facilitated conversations that create a space for scholars, activists, and artists to share ways of engaging with archives and archival material towards the most expansive ends possible. Our goal is to facilitate a series of conversations that create a space for scholars, activists, and artists to share ways of engaging with archives and archival material towards the most expansive ends possible. Taking as our starting point that (1), there is an urgent need to democratize access to and curation of archival holdings and (2), that scholars, activists, and artists can benefit from reconsidering the definitional boundaries of the archive, the New Radical Archives Workshop holds monthly meetings that feature an invited guest(s) whose work engages with questions of how to use, produce, and/or re-interpret archives.
Programming begins in Fall 2018. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email email@example.com.
Co-directed by myself and Sam Prendergast. Funded by New York University's Center for the Humanities.
Contemporary Alchemy: Women in Art + Science, American Museum of Folk Art, New York, NY
June 27, 2018: Join us for an evening with contemporary women artists working at the intersection of art, science, and education, inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the works on view in the exhibition Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863). Bio Art artist Suzanne Anker and NASA Senior Graphic Designer Sally Bensusen will speak about their practices and education projects working across the fields of art and science to experiment with new ways of learning and making. Katherine F. McLeod, historian and co-director of the New Radical Archives Workshop, will moderate the conversation.
Photo credits: Suzanne Anker, Rainbow Loom/Vanitas in a Petri dish, The Future of Today exhibition (2015), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China. Foreground: Rainbow Loom, 2014, Wooden table, 366 glass Petri dishes, various items collected in China, 36 x 192 x 36 in.; background: Vanitas (in a Petri dish), 2013, Duratrans print, 20 x 20 in. ; Orders of Magnitude © Sally J. Bensusen, Visual Science Studio; American Folk Art Museum/Bones Photography
Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions, The Drawing Center, April 14 - July 16, 2017
The New York Times article about the show can be found here.
Smithsonian.com wrote an article about the show here.
Co-curated by sculptor Mark Dion, Wildlife Conservation Society archivist Madeleine Thompson, and myself, this exhibition looks at the visual output of the Department of Tropical Research. Based out of the Bronx Zoo and led by naturalist William Beebe, this group developed innovative organizational methods of tropical field research and were the first to conduct comprehensive investigations of the ocean via manned deep-sea submersibles. They produced thousands of paintings and drawings for use as scientific and communicatory tools. This project brings the images together for the first time since the Department was disbanded in the mid-1960s and re-contextualizes their scientific and educational impact.
Photo Credit: The Drawing Center