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In conjunction with the exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, MOCCA is pleased to offer a FREE public speaker series presented through the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation:
MOCCA invites viewers to a sustained dialogue that considers and expands upon the conceptions and implications of the baroque. Presented through a series of talks by thinkers across diverse fields, the theme of aesthetics and judgement will be reflected upon in varying and surprising ways.
Discussions on contemporary culture, thought, and phenomena in an era of excess
presented in partnership with OCAD University
Thoughts on aesthetic experience, with reference to the Baroque
Friday February 28
7 – 8 pm
Peter Schjeldahl, Chief Art Critic, New Yorker Magazine
Presented at OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
Peter Schjeldahl (New York, NY) has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s Chief Art Critic. He came to The New Yorker from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1980 to 1998. Previously, he had written for the New York Times’ Arts and Leisure section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER & THE SECOND SKIN
Saturday March 1
1 – 2 pm
Presented at MOCCA
Michael Atkinson, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, U of T
The Second Skin: Pleasures of the Tattooed Flesh
Michael Atkinson (Toronto, ON), Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, U of T and author of Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, will address contemporary understandings of tattooing as quasi-legitimate performance art in Canada.
Rachel Anne Farquharson, writer and curator
Curiouser and Curiouser: the Anxiety of the Flat
Essayist and curator Rachel Anne Farquharson (Toronto, ON) will explore ideas such as the false promises images make and the powerful and bewildering result of the flat quality of illustration, animation, and projected installation.
CHEESY GOODNESS & INFINITE WAREHOUSE
Saturday March 8
1 – 2 pm
Presented at MOCCA
Erik Anderson, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Drew University
Erik Anderson (Madison, NY), Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Drew University and essayist, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, will address the importance of ‘cheesiness’ as a term of aesthetic evaluation in Western popular culture. For example, Memphis Elvis is cool; Vegas Elvis is cheesy.
Kevin Melchionne, artist and researcher
Infinite Warehouse: Art in the Age of Amazon
Artist and researcher Kevin Melchionne, Ph.D. (Scarsdale, NY) asks, “The internet of things is changing how we shop. Is it also changing us aesthetically?” His talk will consider the implications of Amazon, Netflix, Etsy, and other signs of the infinite warehouse for our aesthetic lives.
MOCCA programming examines the contemporary themes, phenomena and events that impact contemporary lives and practices.