It’s Art If I Say So: Artists and Their Certificates


MAY 30, 2012, 18:30

In this lecture, curators Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf will discuss the multifaceted functions of artists’ certificates, sketching the history from the 1950s to the present, and showing particular examples that are on view in their concurrent exhibition, In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art. Speaking from autobiographical and art historical perspectives, they will elucidate the importance of the artist’s certificate, which sometimes can even constitute the work of art itself.

Susan Hapgood is founder and director of the Mumbai Art Room, and Senior Advisor for Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, where she formerly worked as Director of Exhibitions. She has worked in a curatorial capacity at the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and has curated numerous exhibitions, including FluxAttitudes, Neo-Dada: Redefining Art 1958-62, and Slightly Unbalanced. Hapgood has authored numerous catalogues, and magazine articles for journals including Frieze, Art in America, and FlashArt, and lectured extensively at institutions such as New York University, and the New School, New York; Northwestern University, Chicago; College Art Association, Dallas; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai; and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Cornelia Lauf is a writer, curator and editor of artists’ books. She received a doctorate in art history from Columbia University, and began her career at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She has written for magazines and institutional publications, ranging from Artscribe and Arts Magazine, during the 1980s, to her present reviews from Italy for Art in America. She was the founder of Camera Obscura, an alternative space devoted to craft, art, and agriculture, in a rural community in Tuscany. She is the editor and a co-founder of Three Star Books, a publishing house devoted to artists’ books, based in Paris. She has organized exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Casa di Goethe, and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna among others. Lauf is a Professor of Art at the Faculty of Art and Design at IUAV, University of Venice, and lives and works in Rome.

The talk will be held in English.

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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