April 16th, 7-9pm
Red Bull Arts Detroit, 1551 Winder St. Detroit, MI 48207
While working on a forthcoming book about how the myth of neutrality manifests in cultural institutions and museums, Laura Raicovich has been thinking deeply about what neutrality means, how it can possibly exist, and how, if it can exist, might prove useful. In a society that is beyond polarized and in need of repair, can cultural space become a place we hold in common? What might it take to achieve this space? In the form of a slide-lecture, Laura will recount stories and pose questions that have grown from her research, particularly focusing on the writings of Roland Barthes on neutrality, the thinking of Christina Sharpe on the relationship of intergenerational histories on the present, and Jeanne van Heeswijk’s prompts to re-imagine spaces and scenarios for living together. She will offer a space of “practicing for the not yet,” in Jeanne’s formulation, as a location for collective dreaming, and to seek a cultural space which can hold our differences as well as our commonalities with generosity and resilience.
About Laura Raicovich
Laura Raicovich is a writer and art worker dedicated to art and artistic production that relies on complexity, poetics, and care to create a more thoughtful and equitable civic realm. Until recently, she served as President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum where she oversaw an inviting and vital commons for art, ideas, and engagement. In 2018, she co-curated Mel Chin: All Over the Place (with Manon Slome and No Longer Empty), the first major presentation in New York City of artist Mel Chin in more than 20 years, which occupied the entire Queens Museum and multiple public sites in the city.
Prior to Queens Museum, Raicovich inaugurated Creative Time’s Global Initiatives, including the launch of the acclaimed artist-driven media website, Creative Time Reports, and worked for a decade at Dia Art Foundation, where she served as deputy director and was a key member of the senior team during a period of transformation for the institution that included the opening of Dia:Beacon. Prior to that, she worked at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Art Fund, and New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
Raicovich lectures internationally and has published a number of books including as co-editor (with Carin Kuoni and Kareem Estefan) “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production” (OR Books/Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 2017); and as author of “At the Lightning Field” (Coffee House Press, 2017) and “A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties” (Publication Studio, 2014). She graduated from Swarthmore College and holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
About the Red Bull Arts Slideshow Series
The Slideshow Series is a programming format shared between Red Bull Arts Detroit and New York that invites artists, curators, community activists, technologists, scholars, musicians and others, to present an area of interest or expertise.
Employing the customary format of the slideshow as an educational tool to share ideas with an audience, we ask each participant to re-think how they can best engage the public on a topic of importance to them, and to consider how the shape of that presentation has the potential to ignite dialogue.
Slideshows are intimate in nature and take the form of either experimental or straightforward events, including performative lectures, expanded research, poetry readings, sound performances and more. Past Slideshows include The Temporal Disruptors with Black Quantum Futurism, Downtown ’81: In Memory of Glenn O’ Brien with Kenneth Goldsmith, Alpha’s Bet with Steffani Jemison, and It’s your Death with Charlie Ahearn.