HOW TO GET READ
Saturday April 1, 2017
1-5:30pm symposium and keynote talk (with Lauren Berlant)
at 37 S. Wabash, Rm. 327
6-8pm exhibition opening
at Laura, 1535 N. Ashland, Rear Entrance
A wide expanse of riffle, whether at the head of a pool or in a transition between pools, seems at first to have no features. Look harder. First you’ll notice seams at the edge of the riffle, and these are worth much of your time and effort. Out in the middle of the riffle, look for slicks—areas that look as though someone polished and flattened the bumps on the surface.
Especially in slower pools, don’t look anywhere but right under the bubble line, because flow is reduced to a point where only the main current offers enough. Stand off to the side and look for places where the focal point of one nice rock intersects the bump in front of another rock or where a family of rocks form a minipool with its own bump, edges, and focal point.
How many times have you seen this?
How to Get Read is an exhibition and symposium concerning and containing the written and visual work of Anastacia Bersch, Anna Foran, Anna Wolfe-Pauly, Greg Ruffing, James Pepper Kelly, Willy Smart, and Zhengfan Yang.
Keynote speaker, Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago and one of the coeditors of Critical Inquiry. She’s also the author of many books, among them: The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life (1991), The Female Complaint: On the Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008), and Cruel Optimism (2011), in which she writes, among other things, “fantasy parses ambivalence in such a way that the subject is not defeated by it.”
1:15 – 1:30 – Kamau Patton, Welcome & introduction
1:30 – 1:45 – Anna Foran, A Brief History of Glue
1:45 – 2:00 – Anastacia Davis Bersch, Joan of Marquette
2:00 – 2:15 – James Pepper Kelly, Public Listening: Voices from Socially Engaged Art
2:15 – 2:30 – Break
2:30 – 2:45 – Questions & conversation
2:45 – 3:00 – Greg Ruffing, Notes in the Margins: Spatial Politics, Artistic Production, and Communities of Resistance
3:00 – 3:15 – Anna Wolfe-Pauly, Lets Be Frank
3:15 – 3:30 – Zhengfan Yang, Liquid Image
3:30 – 3:45 – Willy Smart, My Secreted Life
3:45 – 4:00 – Questions & conversation
4:00 – 4:30 – Reception & refreshments
4:30 – 5:30 – Lauren Berlant