April 4, 2013
In 2013, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts will celebrate its 50th anniversary. For this occasion artists Katarina Burin and Amie Siegel conceived of the exhibition Brute. Engaging with the Carpenter Center building, Brute encompasses a set of new commissions by six international artists, a speculative exhibition model deploying objects and artworks from the Harvard University collections, as well as a series of events and performances.
The focus of the exhibition is on a set of specially-conceived works by internationally-acclaimed artists Nairy Baghramian, Anna Barriball, Barbara Bloom, Katarina Burin, Alexandra Leykauf, and Amie Siegel.
Over the course of the show, a series of events will take place in the building—film projections, talks and
performances—which further the exhibition’s propositional discourse with the building.
Thursday, April 4, 6 pm
With Svetlana Boym, Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures
Associate of the Graduate School of Design.
During the exhibition’s final week, this single evening event takes spectators on a guided ‘campus tour’ through the building’s anecdotal history, performing the model’s own iterations of display and alteration over the course of the exhibition, and culminating in a physical stacking of the floors—the model elevations—of the Carpenter Center.
Brute was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.