October 25, 2015, 2PM

Coffee & Conversation: Myth, Truth, and Archaeology

Becky Suss, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 2015 Oil on canvas 14 x 11 inches Courtesy the artist and Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia Photo by Aaron Igler

Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Penn graduate students for intimate conversations inspired by the ICA exhibitions on view.

Patricia Kim, Penn History of Art PhD candidate, leads a conversation about the archaeological process of self-reflection and image-making inspired by Becky Suss’s ICA exhibition. Focusing on her late grandparents’ now-extinct mid-century home, Suss depicts the books, photographs, and artworks that they collected in spaces both real and imagined, thereby creating new myths and memories. By considering Suss’s work in relation to other artists including Ana Mendieta, Robert Smithson, and Moyra Davey, this conversation will explore the political, social, and culturalramifications of archaeology as a method that is at once destructive but alsocreative and productive because it offers alternative memories and newtraditions for the present.

Portrait: Patricia Kim, graduate student lecturer (2015)

Patricia Kim is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the visual culture of the Greco-Roman period, interested in issues of landscape, memory, monumentality, and cross-cultural interaction. Previously, she was a Spotlight lecturer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and also works closely with the collections at the Penn Museum.

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