ACT Professor and artist Renée Green was featured in Art in America Magazine for Pacing at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. This two-year project details the history of the structure of the CCVA, the ambitions of its architect, and the meaning of modernist architecture in the Americas.
“Living architecture,” Green writes in her 2014 book Other Planes of There,“means an acceptance of ruins to come.” Rather than mourning such ruins, Green is fascinated by how they might be reanimated in the future. At the core of her project for the CCVA is a concern with how ideas are transmitted from the past to the present, from the dead to the living.
In the article, Green says she “was initially invited by former Carpenter Center director James Voorhies to participate in a project he titled “Institution (Building).” I’ve been trying to test what that could mean by taking the title very literally—thinking about buildings and institutions, and all the different implications of those two words coming together. When I think about “institution,” it brings me to Michel Foucault’s understanding of that term and the legacies of institutional critique in art.
“The title I gave my overall project is “Pacing.” The two-year duration of this project is longer than the usual exhibition time frame, and “Pacing” has been an ongoing experience: I’ve installed videos in the space, I’ve placed traces of my past work and processes in vitrines, screened some of my films, including ED/HF , and held talks so far, including one with media historian Gloria Sutton. This month I will open an exhibition of my work, and I am currently working on a new film in relation to this project.”
Read the full article and interview here!