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Announcing Avant Museology, a symposium at the Walker Art Center

This two-day symposium explores the practices and sociopolitical implications of contemporary museology

MINNEAPOLIS, MN Jul 19, 2016

Avant-Garde Museology (Arseny Zhilyaev)Avant Museology is a two-day symposium copresented by the Walker Art Center, e-flux, and the University of Minnesota Press. It will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, and Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The symposium will coincide with the opening of Question the Wall Itself at the Walker Art Center.

Taking its cue from the recently published book Avant-Garde Museology, the symposium will address the memory machine of the contemporary museum vis-à-vis its relationship to the contemporary artistic practices, sociopolitical contexts, and theoretical legacies that shape and animate it. Where the museum may have once been a mere container for objects and ephemera, the mutability of the contemporary museum has facilitated the apparently seamless absorption of its own complex histories, paradoxical politics, and socioeconomic functions and ideas. It begs the question: can contemporary museology be invested with the energy of the visionary and political projects contained in the works that it circulates and remembers?

University of Minnesota Press authors Timothy Morton (Hyperobjects), Cary Wolfe (What Is Posthumanism? and most recently, Manifestly Haraway), and Arseny Zhilyaev (Avant-Garde Museology) are among speakers at this event.


Walker Art Center