Returning to the Future

New Monumentality talks series
3rd June 2009 - 24th June 2009
Henry More Institute Seminar Room, 6pm

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Marquise, 2007

Courtesy of Esther Schipper, Berlin

In this series of talks in June four speakers will address the ways in which contemporary artists have turned their attention to the 1960s and particularly its architecture, re-interpreting the forms and ideas of that decade through scripts, films, photographs, texts, lettering, design and objects.

These talks coincide with the Henry Moore Institute’s exhibition, The New MonumentalityThe New Monumentality explores the attraction of modern post-war buildings for three artists born in the heyday of monumental architecture, as typified by London’s Barbican Centre. Gerard Byrne, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Dorit Margreiter are among the most interesting artists working in Europe today. All three use film and script to investigate and animate the architecture of the 1960s and this project brings them together for the first time.

3 June: Elizabeth Price (Artist/Kingston University)
'In the House of the Inventor of the First Spiral Mascara Brush: lifestyle, drag, pop and intoxication'

10 June: Melissa Gronlund (Managing editor, Afterall)
'The Failure of Modernism: Who's to Blame?'

17 June: Lisa LeFeuvre (Goldsmiths/Independent Curator)
'Instructing Narratives in Space'

24 June: Simon Morley (Artist)
''Betwixt and Between': Liminal typography, the sixties, and now'

An audio recording of Melissa Gronlund's talk is available in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library.