February 3 at 4 pm EST

Artist and ACT Professor Renée Green and Nora M. Alter will discuss Green’s practice in relation to her diverse cinematic works, focusing on her articulation of sound and “voices,” as well as exploring how these essayistic and conversational modes are translated into Green’s publications and exhibitions.

This conversation is first in a series of ten online conversations between faculty and seminar leaders of the Independent Study Program. Conversations are prerecorded and will be made available on the Whitney’s Vimeo page after the initial livestream through the end of June 2021.

Renée Green (born 1959, Cleveland, OH) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker known for her highly layered and formally complex multimedia installations in which ideas, perception, and experience are examined from myriad perspectives. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events, her work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented.

Green’s exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums and art institutions, among them the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; MAK Center for Art + Architecture at the Schindler House, West Hollywood; the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum, all in New York; Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Portikus, Frankfurt; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Vienna Secession; Stichting de Appel, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; MACBA, Barcelona; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work has also been presented at the Whitney, Venice, Johannesburg, Kwangju, Berlin, Sevilla and Istanbul Biennials, as well as in Documenta 11 and Manifesta 7.

Her most recent books include Pacing (2020, CCVA, FAM, Cambridge, Mass.), Other Planes of There: Selected Writings (2014, Duke University Press, Durham), Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams (2010, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco), and Ongoing Becomings (2009, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne). She is also the editor of the collection of essays Negotiations in the Contact Zone (2003, Assírio & Alvim, Lisbon) and a professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture & Planning.

Nora M. Alter is professor of film and media arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is author of several books, including Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Sound Matters (2004), Chris Marker (2006), Essays on the Essay Film (2017) and The Essay Film after Fact and Fiction. (2018). She has held fellowships from the NEH, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation and is currently a residential fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Future publications include a monograph on Harun Farocki.