Inevitable Distances: A Conversation between Renée Green and Gloria Sutton
Please join us for a public conversation between art historian Gloria Sutton and Renée Green, the Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for 2023.
Given Green’s prolific output during the last thirty years, this conversation aims at contextualizing signal moments within the artist’s seminal oeuvre taking as a prompt Green’s extensive survey exhibition Inevitable Distances, presented in 2021 at KW Institute of Contemporary Art and daadgalerie, both in Berlin, and traveling in 2022 to the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich. The complexities and possibilities for language and media are long-standing subjects for Green, which the artist has rigorously framed in terms of translation, travel, and cultural transfer within her vital artworks. This conversation between Sutton and Green will provide a unique opportunity to trace some of the itineraries and distances in which Green’s work has circulated through the years.
Gloria Sutton is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and affiliated faculty in the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Northeastern University. Sutton publishes widely on the intersection of contemporary art and image technologies using an intersectional lens to examine how computational networks have informed the reception of visual art since the 1960s. A French translation of her book The Experience Machine: Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema (2015, MIT Press) was published in 2022. Her criticism has recently appeared in Architectural Review, BOMB, Woman’s Art Journal, and X-TRA. Sutton has contributed to numerous international exhibition catalogues and artist monographs, including publications on Rosa Barba, Jennifer Bornstein, Olafur Eliasson, Renée Green, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Yayoi Kusama, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, and Elaine Summers. She edited the first volume on the photographic and sculptural work of Sara VanDerBeek and was the inaugural editor of the College Art Association’s Art Journal Open. Currently, Sutton serves on the editorial board of Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Bloomsbury Press’s Series on Critical Media Aesthetics. Sutton is a research affiliate in the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT and a member of the MIT List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA).
Image Above: Renée Green. Some Chance Operations, 1999. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, and Bortolami, New York.