In a public conversation at New York’s New Museum, ACT Director and Professor Renée Green and art historian James Meyer will reflect on recent developments and shifts in institutional critique and related practices like Green’s. The talk will take place at 3pm on May 11 at the New Museum Theater.
In the fall of 1993, James Meyer curated a group show entitled “What Happened to the Institutional Critique?” at American Fine Arts gallery in New York’s SoHo. Responding to “the generalization of the political” at the 1993 Whitney Biennial, Meyer gathered together an emerging generation of artists engaged in critical practices around institutions, including, but not limited to, museums.
One of the key artists in Meyer’s show was Renée Green, whose work had also been included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. At American Fine Arts, Green presented materials related to her project “Secret,” first realized earlier that year for the exhibition Projet Unité, one of the first major international group shows which sought to bring together artists working in a range of installation, performance and conceptual practices to create projects in Le Corbusier’s “semi-deserted” housing project, Unité d’habitation, in Firminy.
This conversation between Meyer and Green will return to their interrelated projects from 1993 to reflect on and assess what has happened to these critical practices over the past twenty years.