Animals in Contemporary Art: Objectification, Creativity, and Collaboration
291 Church St.
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Determined to overcome the objectifying iconographies of animal representation in classical art, contemporary artists are more than ever before committed to envision new human/animal engagement. Notions of authorship, skill, aesthetics, and meaning are thus brought into question by the inclusion of living animals in the processes of art making. In this context, creativity and collaboration become new markers of the limits and potentialities involved in rethinking the very boundaries of artistic practice. In this talk, art historian Giovanni Aloi evaluates the challenges involved in human/animal relations that currently unfold in contemporary art.
This Exhibition Program is held in conjunction with Unsolicited Exhibition Animal Intent, organized by Emily Falvey and on view through March 18. Tracking how animal culture inspires a range of artistic practices focused on interspecies communication, this exhibition questions whether creative labor is strictly a human trait.
291 Church Street
New York, NY