RM09 Art Exhibitions

November 5th - December 10th, 2009

MARTHA ROSLER LIBRARY

An e-flux project in collaboration with Martha Rosler

BEYOND THE INSTANCE OF AN ENDING

Organized by Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia

Opening Reception Nov 6th, 4 pm

Conversation with Martha Rosler, Anton Vidokle, Bosko Blagojevic and participating artists, 5 pm

Venue:

Herter Art Gallery 125a Herter Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003

Keynote speech by Martha Rosler

Dialogue with artists Ernie Larsen and Sherrie Milner

Friday November 6, 8:00-9:30pm

Student Union Ballroom, University of Massachusetts, Amherst In association with Rethinking Marxism & New Marxian Times, 7th International Conference http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/conf/

“If to change ourselves is to change our worlds, and the relation is reciprocal, then the project of history making is never a distant one but always right here, on the borders of our sensing, thinking, feeling and moving bodies.”

J.K. Gibson-Graham

As art editors of the journal Rethinking Marxism, Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia have brought together two projects: Martha Rosler Library and Beyond the Instance of an Ending. Envisioning education as a social movement, as theorized by Antonio Gramsci, W.E.B Du Bois, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, these exhibitions provide a context for dialogue, one that imagines a new readership.

The Martha Rosler Library comprises more than 7,000 volumes selected from Rosler’s residence and studio in Brooklyn and academic office in New Jersey. Its contents range from political theory, art history and poetry to science fiction, mystery and children's books; they include periodicals, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings.

In response to the concept of libraries, archives, collections and books, the artists in the exhibition Beyond the Instance of an Ending offer alternative approaches to discourse and the re-structuring of affect. Their works engage a politics of becoming; a process of rereading, recombining and revisioning -what are the potentialities of these engagements?

Participating Artists

e-flux in collaboration with Martha Rosler, Eric Anglès & John Martin Widger, Sarah Beddington, Alexis Bhagat, Robert Blake, Pradeep Dalal, Yevgeniy Fiks, Benj Gerdes & Jennifer Hayashida, Susan Jahoda, Jesal Kapadia, Young Min Moon, Sreshta Premnath, Harout Simonian and Claudia Sohrens.