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C-MAP Seminar: Politics of Position
The Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) research groups periodically organize a seminar between all four groups that connect their broad research interests and enable members to think more deeply about how the Museum might best address a global view of modern and contemporary art. Hinged on the transversal as a means to engage with and envision new networks and ways of thinking about modern and contemporary art, this year’s edition offers an exploration and interrogation of the intertwinings of multiple coeval lifeworlds through concepts of “extending across.”

Politics of Position

Thursday, June 10, 9–11 AM EST


Introduced by Inés Katzenstein, Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, and Curator of Latin American Art in Drawings and Prints


This panel explores the particular conditions of locality and the productive tensions between local and global contexts. How do the languages, values, and histories of art and its attendant socio-political conditions differ from place to place? Can they be translated, communicated, and made legible, if at all, on a global scale, and what are the stakes of this transfer? Invited speakers discuss the specificities of their local or regional positions or punctuate a pristine map of universality. These discussions aim to generate understandings of art and culture that are not uniformly appraised and consumed, as well as a sensitivity and humility when encountering art from unfamiliar contexts.


Irmgard Emmelhainz, Independent translator, writer, and researcher, Mexico City

Jeannine Tang, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History and Interim Program Director of Art History and Visual Studies, The New School, New York

Jaanus Samma, artist, Tallinn, Estonia

Moderated by Madeline Murphy Turner, C-MAP Latin America/Cisneros Institute Research Fellow


This session will be closed captioned.

Jun 10, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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