February 23, 2019
...Dodie Bellamy is on our mind: Launch of Apricota Issue #2, on Cults, Communes, and Collectives, with Joanna Fiduccia, Jennifer Nelson, Carmen Winant
Apricota is a new journal of modern and contemporary art history and criticism. Co-editors Andrianna Campbell and Joanna Fiduccia say it infuses its seriousness with a lively affection for the decorative, for kitsch, queerness, eccentricity, and otherness, and it seeks, like the color it names, to stand for identities and positions which are no less specific for being intermediary.

Issue 1 was about fights (from the verbal spat to the gloves-off brawl) and issue 2 is about "Cults, Communes, and Collectives."

To launch the new issue are presentations by the artist Carmen Winant and the art historian Jennifer Nelson. Their talks are followed by a conversation with co-editor Joanna Fiduccia.

Winant’s Lesbian Lands tracks the history of the 1970s lesbian separatism movement in the U.S. through archival images of women- or lesbian-only communes, meditating on her longing for — and distance from — these communities. At a distance of one ocean and several centuries, a different set of group portraits captures Prof. Nelson’s attention in her analysis of the "idioskeptic gaze" in 16th century Netherlandish painting. Together, Winant and Nelson probe the aesthetic and ethical terms of collective representation, the interface of identity politics and group relations, and their own positions as onlookers.

Jennifer Nelson is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also written two books of poetry, Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife (UDP, 2015) and Civilization Makes Me Lonely (winner of the Sawtooth Prize, Ahsahta, 2017).

Carmen Winant is an artist, writer, and Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. She received her MA in Critical Studies and Fine Arts from CCA in 2011.

Apricota is published by Secretary Press. Andrianna Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Joanna Fiduccia is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

This is the seventh event in our year-long season dedicated to themes and questions posed by the work of Dodie Bellamy.

On Cults, Communes, and Collectives: Launch of Apricota Issue #2 with Joanna Fiduccia, Jennifer Nelson, and Carmen Winant.

6:30 pm


Carmen Winant, Apricota Issue #2 (excerpt), 2019
Carmen Winant, Apricota Issue #2 (excerpt), 2019

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind, 1568
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind, 1568