Dec 11, 2016, 2PM

Coffee and Conversation: Gesamtkunstwerk: A Case Study of Rio Negro II with Hilary R. Whitham


Hilary portrait

Hilary R. Whitham.

Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Penn History of Art PhD and PennDesign MFA candidates for an intimate conversation inspired by the ICA exhibitions on view.

Hilary R. Whitham will lead a discussion exploring the concept of improvisation and duration, central to The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. Focusing on Rio Negro II (2015), a collaborative installation by George Lewis, Douglas Ewart, and Douglas Repetto, we will explore how the artists’ deploy sound, color, and motion to create a total sensory experience.

Hilary is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is writing a dissertation on the impact of African sculpture and performance on the Dada movement. Her ongoing research interests include modern and contemporary art in Western Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and the history of photography. Whitham is a founding member of the Incubation Series, which brings together students in the History of Art and Fine Art departments for curatorial collaborations, and is sponsored by the Penn Provost’s Interdisciplinary Arts Fund in collaboration with the ICA.

NEW! Join Hilary for a guided tour of the Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now at 12:30pm. You can sign up for the tour at the front desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Register here.