Public Conversation, April 7

9:10 PM Posted by Ian Alden Russell
Questioning the “drive to archive” has become increasingly central to contemporary arts and humanities practice. On April 7th, 2011 in the Granoff Center Auditorium at 7PM, acclaimed artists Corin Hewitt, Mariam Ghani, and Chitra Ganesh will explore the importance of the archive in conversation with Patricia Phillips, prominent scholar and Director of Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies. Addressing the role of the archive in creative practice, this conversation will engage with alternative ways of understanding the archive as process rather than object. The conversation is free and open to the public. This evening is supported by the Creative Arts Council, the John Nicholas Brown Center, the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the Rhode Island School of Design, and a grant from the Office of International Affairs.
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Artist & Moderator Bios and Links:

Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh graduated from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics in1996. In 2001 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions - locally at PS1/MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art in New York, and internationally, at the Fondazione Sandretto (Italy), MOCA Shanghai, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Modern/IVAM (Spain), ZKM KArlsruhe (Germany), Kunstalle Exnergrasse (Vienna), and the Saatchi Museum (London), and MOCA / Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. Ganesh is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, most recently including an Art Matters Grant and a Lower East Side Printshop Special Editions Residency (2010), New York Foundation for the Arts & Printed Matter Artist Award (2009), and the Art Matters Foundation (2010). Ganesh is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Queens Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, and the Saatchi Collection. For more information, please see

Corin Hewitt

Artist Corin Hewitt received his BA from Oberlin College (1993) and attended both the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe, Germany (1996) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2004). In 2007 he received Master of Fine Arts, The Milton-Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY. Hewitt has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. Hewitt's 2008 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, entitled “Seed Stage” was extremely well-received. He has also recently produced a monograph, WEAVINGS: Performance #2 (Portland, Oregon) with texts by Michael Brenson and Marisa Sanchez. Hewitt is represented by Taxter and Spengemann Gallery and by Laurel Gitlen Gallery in New York. He is currently Assistant Professor Of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Richmond VA. For more information, please see Taxter and Spengeman and Laurel Gitlen Galleries.

Mariam Ghani

Mariam Ghani’s work examines the public and private narratives that construct and reconstruct histories, places, identities and communities. She has been awarded NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Experimental Television Center, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Her videos and installations have been exhibited and screened internationally, including at the Sharjah, Beijing and Liverpool Biennials; transmediale in Berlin, d/Art in Sydney, and Curtacinema in Rio; the Tate Modern in London, the National Gallery in DC, and MoMA in New York. Her public and participatory projects have been commissioned by Creative Time in New York, Visual Foreign Correspondents in Berlin and Amsterdam, CEPA in Buffalo, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, and Turbulence, artwurl and the Longwood Digital Matrix online. Since 2004, Ghani has collaborated with Chitra Ganesh as Index of the Disappeared, an archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions and redactions, and a platform for related public dialogues and poetic interventions. Since 2006, she has also collaborated with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly on a series of videos staging performances specific to both site and camera. Ghani also organizes exhibitions and discussions, and has published critical texts and text projects in FUSE, Viralnet, catalogues and anthologies; collaborative Index texts have appeared in Pavilion, Samar, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, the Sarai Reader and the Radical History Review. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from SVA, and teaches in NYU’s Art & Public Policy program. For more information, please see

Patricia Phillips

Patricia C. Phillips’ research and critical writing involve contemporary public art,
architecture, sculpture, landscape, and the intersection of these areas. Since 1980, her essays and reviews have been published in Artforum, Art in American, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review, as well as books and collected essays published by Rizzoli International Publications, Princeton Architectural Press, M.I.T. Press, Actar Press, Bay Press, and Routledge. Her curatorial and design projects include Disney Animators and Animation (Whitney Museum of Art, 1981), The POP Project (Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1, 1988), and Making Sense: Five Installations on Sensation (Katonah Museum of Art, 1996.) In 1996, she curated City Speculations, a major exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art. She is the editor of City Speculations (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996). From 2002-2007, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal, a quarterly publication on contemporary art published by the College Art Association. She is on the editorial advisory board of Public Art Review and Public Art Dialogue.

Phillips received a BA in Art from Muhlenberg College and did graduate studies in Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1984-91, she was on the faculty of Parsons School of Design where she served as associate chair of the Department of Environmental Design and Architecture. She was chair of the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz from 1991-1996 and 2002-2007. She served as dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at SUNY New Paltz from 1996-2002. She was professor and chair of the Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University from 2007-09 and was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design on August 1, 2009.


A series of conversations and reading groups bringing students and faculty at Brown University together with artists, researchers and professionals from a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, Archiving the Ephemeral is a valuable discursive space for researchers and practitioners concerned and critically engaged with the authoritative agency of the archive in the arts and humanities. More information [here].

Made possible by a grant from the Office of International Affairs, Brown University.


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