Juxtapositions: The Meanings Between

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This year’s Vivian L. Smith Foundation Symposium investigates the use of juxtaposition in the interpretation and display of works of art.

From Surrealist collections to thematic exhibitions, artists and curators use juxtaposition to evoke meanings between objects in intuitive rather than didactic ways, activating viewers to find new resonances. Grounded in the Menil Collection's longstanding engagement with this theme, the symposium will present a roundtable discussion on the importance of juxtaposition in today's critical and curatorial practices.


David Levi Strauss -- writer, critic, poet and Chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He writes broadly across topics in photography, film, painting and sculpture, often focusing on issues of social and political relevance.

Kristina van Dyke -- art historian and curator. Currently the Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, she was previously curator of collections and research at the Menil, specializing in African and non-Western art.

Serge Guilbaut -- art historian, curator and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. His research centers on post-war American and French art, especially exchanges between the two.

The discussion will be moderated by Allison Myers, PhD Candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and the 2014-2015 Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow at the Menil Collection.
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