Pacing, Book Launch: Renée Green and Gloria Sutton in Conversation at CCVA on February 18

Renée Green, Americas: Veritas (2018) (still). Digital film, color, sound, 7 minutes. Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media, and Bortolami Gallery.
ACT at MIT

Conversation: Renée Green and Gloria Sutton
Thursday, February 18
7:30–9pm EST

Join at 7:30 pm EST for a conversation between artist Renée Green and art historian Gloria Sutton to celebrate the publication of Renée Green: Pacing (Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Free Agent Media, 2021).

Stemming from Green’s two-year project at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts during which she presented a series of interlinked public programs and exhibitions, including her major exhibition Within Living Memory (Feb 1–Apr 15, 2018), this handsome publication illuminates Green’s unfolding process, with a sequence of exhibitions that took place from 2015 and culminating in Pacing: Facing in Toronto; Tracing in Como, Italy; Placing in Berlin; Spacing in Lisbon; and Begin Again, Begin Again in Los Angeles. The result is a meditation on creative processes across histories and media, partially inspired by two architectural icons: Rudolf M. Schindler and Le Corbusier.

Spurred by inhabiting an architectural icon—Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center—the book explores the historical and institutional legacies of modernism’s other forms, including cinema, visual art, poetry, music and literature, and complements a series of brochures with three substantial essays by Sutton that were published during Green’s two year engagement with CCVA.

Lavishly illustrated, Renée Green: Pacing features a new essay by Sutton, a poem and an essay by Fred Moten, and brings together a series of previously unpublished conversations between the artist and Yvonne Rainer, Nora M. Alter and Mason Leaver-Yap, documenting the project’s public programming. Additional contributions are provided by Nicholas Korody, William S. Smith in addition to a foreword by Carpenter Center director Dan Byers.

To celebrate the book launch, ACT Prof. Green will be joined in conversation by ACT Affiliate Gloria Sutton, catalogue contributor and the Carpenter Center Scholar-in-Residence over the course of Green’s Pacing residency.

In addition to its upcoming programs, the Carpenter Center presents Carpenter Center Conversations, a free publication series available by mail. For each virtual program, the Carpenter Center will publish a limited-edition booklet with an edited transcript of the exchange. These booklets will be made available for free as digital downloads and in hard copy upon request. In this time of online gathering, this publication series is meant to serve as a material record of Carpenter Center programming and an art historical resource for future scholars and artists.

Renée Green
Renée Green 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.

Gloria Sutton
Gloria Sutton is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and New Media at Northeastern University. Author of The Experience Machine: Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema (MIT Press, 2015), her scholarship also appears in Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Digital Computing and the Experimental Arts (University of California Press, 2012) and Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film (MIT Press, 2003).

She has published numerous exhibition catalogue essays on artists including Kirsten Everberg (Pomona College Museum of Art), Renée Green (Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne), Karl Haendel (Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles), Carsten Höller (New Museum), Laura Owens (Kunsthalle Zurich), Kerry Tribe (American Academy Berlin), and contributed to Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2007) and Vitamin Ph, New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon, 2006). Her current book project, titled Nodes and Networks: Contemporary Art After the Internet, recasts the current debates about analogue vs. digital not as stable media, but as durational behaviors.

Sutton received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and the Getty Research Institute.