Walls Words Pictures Lessons

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Past Event

This event was on Fri 1 May, 3–6pm

This event explores the themes of architecture, printed matter, photography and pedagogy, prompted by Christopher Williams’ exhibition. Starting with a presentation by guest Curator Mark Godfrey on ‘walls’ and Williams’s approaches to architecture and display, the discussion unfolds to consider artists’ writings, the situation of photography today, arts schools and the production of knowledge. Featuring Michael Newman, Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, art historian Sophie Berrebi and artist Alexis Teplin.

Unfortunately Christopher Williams is no longer able to take part in this event. We apologise in advance.

This event will now take place over one afternoon, rather than Thursday evening and all day Friday, as previously advertised.

Programmed to coincide with Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness. The Whitechapel Gallery exhibition (29 April – 21 June 2015) is guest curated by Mark Godfrey, Curator, Tate Modern, with Lydia Yee, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery and Seamus McCormack, Assistant Curator. Organised with The Art Institute of Chicago (January–May 2014) and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (July–November 2014).



3pm Walls
Presentation by Mark Godfrey, Curator, International Art, Tate. Followed by Q&A

4.15pm Break

4.30pm Words, Pictures & Lessons
Panel Discussion with Michael Newman, Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, art historian Sophie Berrebi, and artist Alexis Teplin. Chaired by Mark Godfrey. Followed by Q&A

6pm End

Speaker Biographies

Sophie Berrebi is a writer, art historian and curator, born in Paris and living in Amsterdam. Her writing has appeared in frieze, Afterall, Metropolis M, and Art and Research, among other publications. She received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and has been based at the University of Amsterdam since 2003 where she teaches art history and theory, mainly in the areas of photography and contemporary art.

Mark Godfrey is Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. He has curated major exhibitions on the work of key artists including Roni Horn, Francis Alys, Gerhard Richter, Alighiero Boetti, Sigmar Polke and Richard Hamilton. He has published extensively in Artforum, frieze, Afterall, October, and Parkett. His book ‘Abstraction and the Holocaust’ was published by Yale University Press in 2007. Godfrey received his PhD in History of Art from University College London in 2001. Prior to joining Tate Modern in 2007 he was Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2001-2007).

Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths. He has written books on Richard Prince, Jeff Wall and Seth Price, and co-edited Rewriting Conceptual Art (1999) and The State of Art Criticism (2007). He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary artists, as well as thematic essays on the wound, the horizon, contingency, memory, the trace of drawing and nonsense. The first volume of his selected writings, ‘I know very well…but all the same’: Essays on Artists of the Still and Moving Image is forthcoming with Ridinghouse in 2015.

Alexis Teplin received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1998 and her MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasedena in 2001. She was the recipient of the Starr Foundation Scholarship at the Royal Academy Schools 2002/3.
Her recent solo exhibitions include sss T !!, Hayward Gallery, London; He, Ho, HA, hmmm… Mary Mary, Glasgow (both 2013); Progress Please, Hotel, London (2012) and The Other Side of Paradise, Car Projects, Bologna (2011). Teplin has collaboratively written and produced performances at Tramway, Glasgow (2010); and been included group exhibitions such as Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow (2013) and Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2011).

Image Credit

Christopher Williams Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide, © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Meiko laughing) Vancouver, B.C. April 6,2005 2005 Chromogenic Print 50.8 x 61 cm (paper) 86.7 x 96 cm (framed) Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London © the artist, courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Ringier Collection, Switzerland

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