The work of Hanne Darboven (1941–2009), an important figure in the history of conceptual art, is the subject of a multipart exhibition that will open at Princeton University on April 27, 2018, with installations in the Princeton University Art Museum, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, the Department of Art & Archaeology, and the Department of German.
Developed in collaboration with ECS Director Brigid Doherty by a team of students from the Department of Art & Archaeology (PhD candidate and ECS Graduate Affiliate Nathan Stobaugh), Department of German (senior and ECS certificate student Alexander Robinson), and Department of Comparative Literature (junior Cecily Polonsky), and organized under the leadership of Nathan Stobaugh, the exhibition emerged from a seminar, Art Against Culture?, that was taught by Professor Doherty in Spring 2017. Crosslisted in the Departments of German and Art & Archaeology and ECS, the seminar brought together graduate and undergraduate students from Art & Archaeology, German, History, Economics, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature to explore the wide range of ways in which Darboven and other artists and writers in late twentieth-century Germany disrupted cultural norms for the representation of time and place in response to the difficulties of reckoning with recent German history.
The exhibition’s opening day, April 27, will feature readings by Nathan Stobaugh, Erica DiBenedetto, and Denise Koller, PhD candidates in Art & Archaeology; Andreas Strasser, PhD candidate in German and an ECS Graduate Affiliate; Cecily Polonsky, junior in Comparative Literature; Alexander Robinson, senior in German and ECS certificate student; Austen Hinkley, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature; and Aidan Gray, senior in Classics. New York-based artists Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi will deliver a lecture on Darboven’s magnum opus, Cultural History 1880-1983 (1980-83), and composer and artist Seth Cluett will speak about Darboven’s musical compositions.
The opening day will conclude with the premiere of Darboven Tracings, a musical work by Seth Cluett that was commissioned by the Program in European Cultural Studies and will be performed by Cluett with collaborators Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, and Jeff Snyder, at 6 PM in the Princeton University Art Museum.