Jan 19 2017

Conversation | Nicolás Guagnini and John Miller

Thurs | 7pm

Studio for Propositional Cinema The Tenderness of Maggots

On the occasion of & faintly heard (as it sinks, slowly): with The Tenderness of Maggots, please join us for a conversation between artists Nicolás Guagnini and John Miller. They will discuss Comte de Lautréamont’s (1846-1870) brutal, proto-Surrealist novel Les Chants de Maldoror, which has been re-edited and re-configured for the stage by Studio for Propositional Cinema for this exhibition.
Please RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net.
Nicolás Guagnini (b. 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) has lived and worked in New York since 1998. Recent group exhibitions include 140 Characters, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo; Descartes’ Daughter, Swiss Institute, New York; and Notations: The Cage Effect Today, Hunter College Art Gallery, New York. From 1997 through 2010, together with Karin Schneider, Guagnini produced films under the moniker Union Gaucha Productions. In 2015 there was a comprehensive survey of the work of Union Gaucha Productions at Artists Space, New York; and their works have been screened in numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Jeau de Paume, Paris; and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Guagnini was a founding member of the cooperative gallery Orchard, where, among other projects, he organized the exhibition September 11, 1973 (the title referring to the date of Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat in Chile). A prolific writer, Guagnini’s texts have appeared in publications such as October, Texte Zur Kunst, Mousse, Kaleidoscope, and Artforum, as well as numerous books

John Miller (b. 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio) lives and works in New York and Berlin. In 2016, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presented the first major American survey of his work. Miller has had one-person exhibitions at Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Zürich (accompanied by an extensive catalogue); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; and Kunstverein Hamburg. He has participated in major group exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; CAPC Musée D’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; and MoMA PS1, New York. His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 Gwangju Biennale. In 2009, Miller curated the group exhibition Regift at Swiss Institute. In addition to working in a wide range of media, Miller writes criticism. His publications include The Price Club, The Ruin of Exchange (both published by JRP/Ringier and the Consortium) and Mike Kelley: Educational Complex (Afterall Books’ One Work Series). Miller is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Art History Department at Barnard College.

Image: Photo of The Tenderness of Maggots performance at Swiss Institute, January 7, 2017, taken by Aura Rosenberg.

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