Organized and moderated by Lucy Ives, Fellow-in-Residence at the Center for Experimental Humanities
On the occasion of Dia Art Foundation’s presentation of the newly conserved Kulturgeschichte: 1880-1983 by Hanne Darboven in 2016-17, artists Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss were invited to present a lecture as part of Dia’s Artists on Artists series. This offered the rare occasion to study the monumental work daily, fully installed, and in person. Okiishi and Mauss produced a radically new reading, which demonstrates that the work’s complexity and significance lies in its self-evident legibility, not in its purported illegibility. Their discussion is facilitated by readings of Darboven’s personal letters and consideration of her para-historiographic and math-like processes, in all their simultaneous strangeness and sincerity. Okiishi and Mauss will reprise their extraordinary lecture in full at the Center for Experimental Humanities.
Nick Mauss lives in New York City and works at the interstices of different media. He has exhibited extensively and his most recent show “Transmissions” is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art until May 14. His writing has been published in Texte zur Kunst, Mousse, Artforum, May, and in books on Isa Genzken, Florine Stettheimer, and Jochen Klein. He was a guest-professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, from 2011-2012, a Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU (2016), and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College.
Ken Okiishi’s most recent solo exhibition was titled “Being and/or Time” at Reena Spaulings, New York in 2017 and he will present an exhibition of new work in May at Reena Spaulings Fine Art in Los Angeles. In addition to exhibiting widely, Okiishi’s writing has appeared in Texte zur Kunst, May, Bidoun, Artorum, Triple Canopy, The Brooklyn Rail, and a book on his work, The Very Quick of the Word, was recently published by Sternberg Press. He is currently visiting faculty in The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Lucy Ives is the author of the novel Impossible Views of the World (2017), as well as several books of poetry and short prose. In 2019, her second novel, Loudermilk, or the Real Poet, or the Origin of the World, will appear. Her essays and criticism have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Lapham's Quarterly, and Vogue, among other publications.
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