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LIVE from the NYPL: RESCHEDULED for 1/28 at 1:00PM W & B FESTIVAL: ART / TRUTH / LIES: The Perils and Pleasures of Deception


January 28, 2011
This program has been rescheduled for January 28th at 1:00pm. 
Glenn D. Lowry, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Carrie Lambert-Beatty
Hosted by: D. Graham Burnett
We are witnessing a remarkable irruption of interventions and confections in contemporary art that can be loosely called "parafictional"—work that wields falsehood in powerful, ludic, and/or disturbing ways. What happens when the tricksterfakery of these artistic cons unsettles the archive itself? Should we be concerned? What are the implications for this convergence of the artist and the forger? French philosophers Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Jean-Pierre Dupuy, author of article Make-Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and director of the MoMA Glenn D. Lowry will tackle issues such as art and politics, virtuality and expertise, and the values of play and seriousness.

GLENN D. LOWRY is currently in his fifteenth year as the director of The Museum of Modern Art, where he directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. He is a trustee on the Williams College Board, a member of the Steering Committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and he serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. A strong advocate of contemporary art, he has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics. 

PIERRE CASSOU-NOGUES is head of research at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and lectures in philosophy at the University of Lille III. Co-organizer in 2005 of a conference entitled "What can science fiction prove? Minds, machines, bodies and worlds in science fiction" he is interested in the philosophy of science and its relation to the imaginary. His most recent book is Zombie et moi. La Philosophie comme fiction.

JEAN-PIERRE DUPUY is a professor at Stanford University. Previously, he taught social and political philosophy and ethics of science and technology at the École Polytechnique, where he created the Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée (Center for research in applied epistemology) and manages the Groupe de Recherche et d’Intervention sur la Science et l’Éthique (Research and intervention group on science and ethics). He was recently elected to the Académie Française des Technologies (French academy of technologies). His most recent book is La Marque du sacré.

CARRIE LAMBERT-BEATTY is an art historian whose research focuses on art since 1960, especially performance and video. She has been a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and the Getty Research Institute. Her writing on performance art, postmodern dance, and minimalism has been published in exhibition catalogs and in journals such as Trans, Art Journal, and October magazine, of which she has been an editor since 2008. She is a 2010-11 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and is the author of the forthcoming book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s.

D. GRAHAM BURNETT is an editor at Cabinet Magazine and a member of the faculty at Princeton University. He studies the relationship between power and knowledge, and writes on human beings’ changing understanding of nature and technology. Burnett was a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science, and he is the author of four books, including Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest (2005) and Trying Leviathan (2007), which won the New York City Book Award. He is currently a Mellon Foundation “New Directions” Fellow working on a two-year initiative at the intersection of scholarship, artistic practice, and the sciences.

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"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."  Isaac Newton

Over the course of three 10-day series in 2011 in New York City, WALLS & BRIDGES, curated by the Villa Gillet and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues. Join LIVE from the NYPL as we host WALLS & BRIDGES at The New York Public Library.
Walls & Bridges is a series of events presented by the Villa Gillet and the Conseil de la création artistique.

The Villa Gillet (Lyon, France) is a unique cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions. It brings together artists, writers, novelists and researchers from all over the world to encourage public debate on the big issues facing the world today.

The Conseil de la Création artistique is a laboratory for cultural experimentation created by the French Government in 2009 whose aim is to support innovative projects in the cultural field.