Where: The Drawing Center
35 Wooster St. (Grand-Broome Sts.)
212-219-2166 Price: $10
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The Drawing Center presents Bellwethers: The Culture of Controversy, a new series of public programs guest curated by Alison M. Gingeras in collaboration with the art magazine Affidavit, during which a prominent group of writers, cultural critics, and artists will to respond to a cultural “bellwether” and take it in their own interpretative direction. The second event of the series: PANIC invites Andrea Long Chu and Jamieson Webster to engage with this pervasive, if abused, term used to describe our reaction to our contemporary landscape and is affixed to any number of issues: gender identity, immigration, climate, globalism, Brexit, Trump, and Russia. Our current Age of Anxiety is super charged by the 24-7 newstainment cycle, designed to keep us flickering through states of hysteria and scandal, worry and outrage. Is there any relief from this panic? How does this time relate to other periods of collective hysteria?
Andrea Long Chu is a writer, designer, doctoral candidate, and sad trans girl in Brooklyn. Chu’s writing has been published by the New York Times, Affidavit, Artforum, Bookforum, and n+1. She also publishes a monthly journal on television called Paper View. Her first book Femaleswill be published by Verso this October.
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst and cultural critic based in New York. Weber is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis(2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (2013). She teaches at the New School and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She co-writes a regular column for Spike with Alison Gingeras.
Bellwethers: The Culture of Controversy is a series of programs made possible by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation.Buy tickets/get more info now