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Civic Actions:
– 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture: Nato Thompson

Committed to fostering stimulating discussions around contemporary art and architecture in Australia, the MCA presents international curator Nato Thompson.

Titled Culture is the language of the commons, Thompson will discuss his views on contemporary art, architecture and public space, when he delivers the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture, in honour of the late painter who delivered insights about art to generations of architecture students.

This keynote lecture is part of the 3-day conference Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum

Thu 10 Sept, 6–8pm

MCA Foundation Hall

This event has been recorded and we’ll be sharing the video here shortly.

About the speaker:

Writer and curator Nato Thompson explores how culture shapes the contemporary city. He has worked with a staggering number of today’s most important political artists. Since January 2007, he has organized major projects for Creative Time, one of New York’s most prestigious art organisations, including the annual Creative Time Summit, Living as Form (2011), Paul Ramirez Jonas’s Key to the City in New York (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie (2009), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008) and Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2007).

Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004) with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including BookForum, Frieze, Art Journal and Art Forum. The College Art Association awarded him for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. He curated the exhibition for Independent Curators International titled Experimental Geography with a book available by Melville House Publishing. His new book, Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production(2012), is a significant meditation on political art in the age of social media and information overload.

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture is supported by ArtsNSW

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– When

10 September 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

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