A Symposium on Leon Golub

Royal College of Art Battersea

1 May 2015 - 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

A Symposium on Leon Golub

Jon Bird, Michaela Crimmin, Adam Curtis, Philip Golub, Avery Gordon, Samm Kunce, Oscar Murillo, John Roberts and Martha Rosler took part in a symposium about Leon Golub’s work and activism in the context of contemporary global politics.

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On the occasion of the exhibition Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue  at the Serpentine Gallery, artists, historians, writers and theorists gathered to discuss Leon Golub’s extraordinary oeuvre and activism in the context of the contemporary geo-political landscapes. Participants included Jon Bird, Adam Curtis, Michaela Crimmin, Samm Kunce, Philip Golub, Avery Gordon, Oscar Murillo, John Roberts and Martha Rosler

Leon Golub’s art has always engaged with the politics and realities of conflict and the trace of violence upon the body. From Vietnam to Abu Ghraib, covert operations to contemporary geo-politics, his art presents scenarios of how power flows unequally and catastrophically across the social world, tracing its roots in archaic cultures and the myths of the Judeo-Christian world, to the contemporary imperial politics of post-war nation states. This symposium will address these themes and concerns in Golub’s art and seek to raise questions about the role and effectivity of the contemporary visual arts in investigating and reflecting upon the intersections of the aesthetic and the political. Can art construct visual and other imaginative worlds equal and appropriate to the task of bearing witness to atrocity, conflict and inequalities, and what role might artists fulfil in figuring new forms and possibilities for justice and democracy?

PROGRAMME

10am: Coffee/Registration
10:30am: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist
10:45am John RobertsEmpathy and Negation: Leon Golub's Realism 
11:30am: Jon Bird
​12:25pm: Oscar MurilloDe marcha, ¿una rumba?... no, solo un desfile con ética y estética (sound piece, 35min)
1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Martha Rosler in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
2:45pm: Panel, including Philip Golub, Samm Kunce, John Roberts. Moderated by Emma Enderby and Lucia Pietroiusti
3:45pm: Afternoon break
4:15pm: Adam Curtis in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
5pm: Panel, including Jon Bird, Avery Gordon, Oscar Murillo, Martha Rosler. Moderated by Michaela Crimmin 
6pm: Closing remarks

Programmed in collaboration with Middlesex University Professor in Art and Critical Theory, Jon Bird and the Royal College of Art

Assistant Curator: Claude Adjil

This symposium was preceded by a screening of documentaries about Leon Golub, on Thursday 30 April, 8:40pm at the Hackney Picturehouse.

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Film

Hackney Picturehouse

Serpentine Cinema: Documentaries on Leon Golub

30 Apr 2015 - 8:45 PM

An exploration of Leon Golub's artistic career and politics through a double bill of documentaries offering unique insights into the artist's life and times.

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Exhibition

Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue

4 Mar 2015 to 17 May 2015

Serpentine Galleries presented Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue at the Serpentine Gallery. This survey exhibition of the American figurative painter, his first in London since 2000, highlighted key aspects of the artist’s oeuvre from the 1950s until his death in 2004.

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Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: Jon Bird, Leon Golub: Spectres of History, Friday 1 May 2015

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Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: John Roberts, Empathy and Negation: Leon Golub's Realism, Friday 1 May 2015

Thursday, 4th June 2015

Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: Oscar Murillo, Friday 1 May 2015

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Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: Martha Rosler in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Friday 1 May 2015

Thursday, 4th June 2015

Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: Panel, with Philip Golub, Samm Kunce, John Roberts, Emma Enderby and Lucia Pietroiusti (chairs), Friday 1 May 2015

Thursday, 4th June 2015

Watch A Symposium on Leon Golub: Panel, with Avery Gordon, Jon Bird, Oscar Murillo, Michaela Crimmin (chair), Friday 1 May 2015

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Leon Golub - press page

Leon Golub - press page

2014
Bite Your Tongue, 2001, Acrylic on linen, 221 x 388 cm, Courtesy The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts
Leon Golub - press page

Leon Golub - press page

2014