May 5th 2012

Symposium: Of Hospitality

@ Logan Center for the Arts

915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Saturday, May 5th, from 10 am - 7 PM

On view through Saturday, May 5th

“Let us say yes to who or what turns up…”

— Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality

Using the Smart Museum’s exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art and Jacques Derrida’s text “Of Hospitality” as points of departure, this symposium combines presentation, discussion, artists’ projects, shared meals, and a keynote address by critic and theorist Jan Verwoert.

What does it / could it mean to practice “hospitality” within the realm of art and culture? How might cultural institutions enact hospitality as a creative, ethically grounded, meaningful activity—one that gets beyond the rote pragmatism of the paid greeter who asks “how can I help you” but really means “what can I sell you”? What’s at stake when cultural practitioners and/or institutions embrace hospitality as a theoretical framework or a day-to-day activity? What stands to be gained, and what might be lost?

Dig into these questions during a full day of discussion, presentations, performances, and meals including Radical Hospitality One Pot at A Time, a dinner reception created by Soup and Bread Chicago.

Participants include Martha Bayne, Zachary Cahill, Michael Christiano, Anais Daly, Erika Dudley, Charles Esche, Fallen Fruit, David Giordano, Hannah B. Higgins, Anthony Huberman, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Allison Knowles, Laura Letinsky, Ed Marszewski, Eric May, Amy M. Mooney, Ana Prvacki, Michael Rakowitz, Dieter Roelstraete, Abigail Satinsky, Stephanie Smith, Cassandra Troyan, and Jan Verwoert.

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts, the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

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