Public Program:
A Proposition by Danh Vo: Some rape scenes in cinema and the restoration of the Statue of Liberty
February 25 2011
On Friday, Danh Vo introduces some rape scenes in cinema. On Saturday, Marwan Makki discusses the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. A discussion will follow, exploring the possible connections between these topics.

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker's own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways. This month’s Proposition is by Danh Vo.

The structure of Propositions is as follows: Friday, 7:00 PM - Initial proposition and lecture Saturday, 2:00 PM - Guest speaker responds, followed by discussion with audience

Danh Vo’s conceptual practice exists in both tangible and intangible forms. As an artist concerned not only with cultural identity, but categorization in general, Vo’s practice varies from a project of marrying and divorcing in order to add names onto his, to incorporating the grave marker of his grandmother on which her Vietnamese name is spelled in Latin letters on a crucifix. Lately, the artist has delved deep into the notion of appropriation, combining his experiences with others.

Danh Vo graduated from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 2004. Recent exhibitions include: About Us, Berlin (2010); Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2010); Educando el Saber- Musac, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, (2010); Danh Vo – Where the Lions Are, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2009); and Les Fleus d'Interieur, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009). In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious blueOrange Prize.

New Museum curator
Courtesy the Artist and New Museum