What Is Global Contemporary Art?


The Redwood’s Contemporary Curator, Leora Maltz-Leca, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at RISD, will present an in-depth analysis into the history of global contemporary art. When does contemporary art begin? What is its relationship to modern art? And to the post-modern? And the anti-modern...? How do we chart a history of the art of the present, and what are the challenges of our proximity? This lecture series maps the broad landscape of contemporary global art, both drawing out its continuities with what came before, and articulating the splits that separate contemporary art from its predecessors.

Q & A to follow.

This three-part series includes:

Wednesday, June 21: Flashbacks to Modernism, or Where Does Contemporary Art Come From and Where is it Going?

Wednesday, June 28: Mapping the Spaces of Global Contemporary Art

Wednesday, July 5: Keeping Time, or Refusing It: Contemporary Art & the Politics of Time

The Lecturer

Leora Maltz-Leca currently serves as Associate Professor of Art History at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she specializes in global contemporary art, and chairs the department of History of Art and Visual Culture.  She has written extensively on artists such as William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robin Rhode, Pascale Marthine Tayou, David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim, Malick Sidibe and Paul Stopforth for publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Art Bulletin and African Arts. Her first book William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor & Other Doubtful Enterprises, which was awarded a 2016 CAA Millard Mess publication award, a 2011 Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer's Grant, a 2011/2012 Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and a 2010 Library of Congress Swann fellowship will be published by University of California Press this year; her second book, Material Politics: On Matter and Meaning In and Out of the Postcolonies continues her meditations on studio processes and materials. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University.

The summer lecture series is generously sponsored by Marianne Wolfensberger-Jarzombek.

Tickets are $20 per lecture, or $50 for three lectures. Click Here to purchase tickets. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.