Public Program:
Guest Speaker Alexander Nagel and Discussion: Part of A Proposition by Miwon Kwon: Ends of the Earth (and Back)
April 24 2010
The Jerusalem chapel in the church of Santa Croce in Rome is a fourth-century Earthworks project, a spatiotemporal capsule—a piece of the Holy Land in Rome and thus a pilgrimage target in its own right. This chapel and other medieval assemblages of geological and cultural relics can be compared to Robert Smithson’s “Non-Sites” and to related works. The comparison raises two important questions: Does the “expanded field” of sculptural practice brought into play by Earthworks and site-specific installations demand a corresponding expanded field of historical analysis? And can this wider analytical context—revealing a series of intersections between art and the world—help us to come to terms with the larger redefinition of the boundaries of art that has occurred over the last four decades?

The structure of Propositions is as follows:

Friday, 7:00 PM – Initial proposition and lecture
Saturday, 12:00 PM – Alexander Nagel responds, followed by Discussion

Miwon Kwon's proposition Ends of the Earth (and Back) is a work-in-progress report on the exhibition ''Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1977,'' currently scheduled to open at the Geffen Contemporary at Los Angeles MoCA in fall 2012. Co-organized with MoCA curator Philipp Kaiser, the exhibition seeks to capture the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far from familiar art contexts. Kwon will share some of the preliminary ideas, artworks, and challenges that are shaping the thinking about the exhibition and its goals. Her special guest on Saturday, April 25 is Dr. Alexander Nagel.

New Museum curator
Courtesy the Artist and New Museum