Sunday, September 30

Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives 

Dr. Daniel Berger (Co-Editor | Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives, Collector, Founder of Iceberg Projects), Lola Flash (Artist, Art+Positive Member), and John Neff (Co-Editor | Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives, Lecturer | SAIC)

Lola Flash is an artist, activist and night club impresario. In conversation with Berger and Neff, Flash discussed her work with the ACT UP New York affinity group Art+Positive during the late 1980s and early 1990s. During that time, she participated in Art+Positive’s 1990 exhibition at Columbia University and the collective's show Army of Lovers at PS120 (alongside artists including Diamanda Galas, Nan Goldin, Ray Navarro, and David Wojnarowicz). Widely known as the organizer of New York's Clit Club, many will also recognize Flash as one of the lovers in Gran Fury's project Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Greed and Indifference Do. Dr. Dan Berger is Director of Iceberg Projects and a leading HIV physician in the United States. Berger recently curated David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh at Iceberg Projects. John Neff is an artist, curator, educator and founding board member of Iceberg Projects. His work has been exhibited at venues including Artists Space, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Berger and Neff are co-editors of Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives, published by Sternberg Press in December of 2017.  Followed by a book signing


The Underground Railroad Imaginary

Dawoud Bey (Artist | Stephen Daiter Gallery, Rena Bransten Gallery), Leigh Raiford (Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley), Steven Nelson (Professor, African and African American Art, UCLA Department of Art History). Moderated by Michelle Grabner (Artist | James Cohan, Professor, Painting and Drawing | SAIC, Curator | FRONT International). 

This discussion was held on the occasion of the newest commissioned work of 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey, entitled Night Coming Tenderly, Black, on view as part of FRONT International, the Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Installed in St. John's Episcopal Church, a stop on the Underground Railroad in the nineteenth century, Bey’s recent series of photographs evoke the imagined experience of escaped slaves—moving northward through Cleveland and the surrounding area to Lake Erie, before boarding boats bound for Canada. Through brooding photographic prints, Bey seeks to reconstruct the experience of moving through a strange city and landscape under cover of night. In conversation with scholars Leigh Raiford and Steven Nelson, and moderated by Curator of FRONT International Michelle Grabner, this discussion expanded on the artist's continued interest in the ways in which history can be engaged, invoked, and materialized in the contemporary moment in relation to African American history and experience. Presented in partnership FRONT International and Observer. Followed by a book signing.