We are disappointed to share that due to a family emergency, Thursday's talk with Eva Díaz has been cancelled. BURNAWAY + MODA present Eva Díaz: The Experimenters BURNAWAY is excited to welcome critic-in-residence Eva Diaz to Atlanta. As part of her residency with BURNAWAY, Brooklyn-based critic Eva Díaz’s public talk with focus on her new book The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The talk features a series of films about the risks and possibilities of using the concept of the “test” as a lens to produce, teach, and understand art. In the years immediately following World War II, Black Mountain College, an unaccredited school in rural Appalachia, became a vital hub of cultural innovation. Practically every major artistic figure of the mid-twentieth century spent some time there: Merce Cunningham, Ray Johnson, Franz Kline, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Aaron Siskind, Cy Twombly—the list goes on and on. Yet scholars have tended to view these artists’ time at the College as little more than prologue, a step on their way to greatness. With The Experimenters, Eva Díaz reveals the importance of Black Mountain College—and design—they helped redefine what artistic practice was, and could be, for future generations. Book signing with the author to follow after the lecture. Copies of The Experimenters will be available. About the Speaker: Eva Díaz is Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is at work on her next book, The Fuller Effect: The Critique of Total Design in Postwar Art about the legacy of Buckminster Fuller in postwar and contemporary art, for which she received an art writer’s grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. Her writings have appeared in magazines and journals such as The Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Art in America, Cabinet, Frieze, Grey Room, October, and Tate Etc., and in numerous museum exhibition catalogues.
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