Oct 25, 2020, 3PM–4PM

Coffee & Conversation: What’s In A Heartbeat? Scientific Thinking, Embodied Knowledge, and Art Historical Process in Milford Graves’s A Mind-Body Deal

Milford Graves, A Mind-Body Deal, 2020. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by: Constance Mensh.

Join University of Pennsylvania graduate students Tim Hampshire and Narendra Haynes for a discussion on how Milford Graves introduces new paradigms for the way we think about music, science, and the distant past through visual art. The dialogue will focus on the concept of embodiment within Graves’s work as it relates to various forms of communication, such as digital technology (social media and virtual reality) and ancient symbols (Egyptian Ankh). All levels of interest and knowledge about contemporary art are welcome to participate in the conversation.

Register for this program (via Zoom): https://upenn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArde-upzkiE9wTui51HoYj8nnyLm6msZ__

Student Bios

Tim Hampshire is a first-year MA candidate in the History of Art department at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines Greco-Roman Antiquity, specifically artifacts that signify the cultural exchange between merchants who traveled along the Silk Road during early civilization.

Narendra Haynes is a second-year MFA candidate in the Weitzman School of Design department at the University of Pennsylvania. His artistic practice is interdisciplinary in nature, combining painting and sculpture with his interests in digital culture, embodiment, phenomenology, and ecology.

About Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation are discussions led by graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art and Weitzman School of Design departments. For the fall exhibition season, this iteration will involve the students working in tandem. Through their unique perspectives as practitioners and researchers, they offer different approaches to consider the various facets that go into the formation of an exhibition and the artist’s process, creating entry points along the way for the audience to be involved in the conversation on a personal level.


Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.