Miwon Kwon Talk Series
Miwon Kwon – Ends of the Earth (and Back), Hafnarhús
TALK Series, Thursday 21 March 8 p.m.
Miwon Kwon is the first participant in TALK Series 2013, a collaborative lecture program initiated by Reykjavik Art Museum, the Icelandic Art Center and the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The lecture takes place Thursday 21 March 8 p.m.
Titled Ends of the Earth (and Back) the lecture presents the exhibition “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974” which she co-curated for Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2012. The exhibition, comprised of over 200 works by more than eighty artists, presents a revision of the history of Land Art and refers to the work of Robert Smithson which is currently on show at Reykjavík Art Museum.
Miwon Kwon has extensive curatorial experience from her tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1990s. Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies. She was a founding co-editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992-2004), and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Francis Alÿs, Michael Asher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jimmie Durham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Josiah McElheny, Christian Philipp Müller, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Do Ho Suh, among others. A major historical exhibition entitled “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974,” co-organized with Philipp Kaiser, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2012), currently on view at Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany.
TALK Lecture & Visitor Series is a held in collaboration between Reykjavík Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. The series creates a platform for continual professional-, international encounter to take place in Iceland. Comprising visits by ground-breaking figures in the visual arts, this program brings to Icelandic art community, as well as to the public at large, the burgeoning ideas and diverse practices that define the terms and shape the dialogue within the international contemporary art scene. The American Embassy in Iceland is the main sponsor for TALK Lecture & Visitor Series.