Maeve Connolly to interview Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Space, Place and Change: Reflections on Allan Kaprow and Otobong Nkanga’s ‘Baggage’ 1972/2007

6pm, Friday, 8 December
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Studio 6
Tickets free, booking info here.

Maeve Connolly will have an exchange with Melissa Rachleff Burtt about the legacy of Allan Kaprow and his influence on artist-run spaces and artists today. In light of Otobong NKanga’s exhibition which is opening in the gallery at 6pm, this talk will focus especially on Kaprow’s 1972 Happening, Baggage and Otobong Nkanga’s 2007-08 re-conceptualization of the work.

This event is a collaboration between Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, IADT ARC programme, Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) at the CONNECT Centre in Trinity College Dublin, and Pallas Projects/Studios.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt is clinical associate professor, NYU and curator of, Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965. She spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts from 1999-2007. Previously, Rachleff Burtt was associate curator at Exit Art and head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum. She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. Her essay, “Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives” was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, by MIT Press in 2012.

Maeve Connolly is a Dublin-based researcher, focused on changing cultures and economies of art and media practice. She is a Lecturer at IADT, where she co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) and also teaches studio modules on the BA in Art. She is currently a visiting research fellow at CONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications – in Trinity College Dublin.

Image Credit: Allan Kaprow, 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, 1959. offset print. Reuben Gallery, New York

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