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Spring Preview and 2020-2022 VLC Fellowship Open Call

Spring at the Vera List Center

Join us this spring as we round out our two-year exploration of If Art Is Politics with an exhibition of VLC Fellow Dean Erdmann; a conversation on queer archives with Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Carlos Motta, and others; a summit of art workers organizing for a more equitable art world; an assembly by VLC Fellow Helene Kazan; and a preview of our upcoming 2020-2022 biennial theme, As for Protocols, with Jeanne van Heewswijk.

The application for the 2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellowship is now live!


2020-2022 VLC Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

The Vera List Center is pleased to invite applications for the 2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellowships. Three two-year-long fellowships will be awarded in support of art and research projects that correspond to the Vera List Center’s 2020-2022 biennial focus theme As for Protocols.



Dean Erdmann
And Apollo, A Laboratory

Exhibition Reception: January 23, 6–8 pm
January 16–February 11, 2020
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Avenue, New York City

And, Apollo: A Laboratory, a work-in-progress by artist and Vera List Center Fellow Dean Erdmann, combines experimental documentary, video and sculptures to connect autobiography to historical pasts that have produced the current moments of social and political crisis. The narrative of And, Apollo is anchored in the Mojave Desert, the place where the artist grew up and the background for their exploration of Americana, the body and queerness.



Queer Archives:
Between the Individual and the Institutional

Monday, January 27, 2020
7:00–9:00 pm
Teresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Taking as a starting point Erdmann’s work with archives, both their family archive and that of the Magnus Hirschfeld Society in Berlin, the Vera List Center hosts a conversation with artists Dean ErdmannTiona Nekkia McCloddenCarlos Motta and scholar Shannon Mattern about archives in general, and queer approaches to archives in particular. The discussion is moderated by Christiane Paul, Chief Curator and Director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design and curator of And, Apollo: A Laboratory.

Free with registration


Art and the Spectre of Ideology

Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:00am–5:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

On the occasion of the Rojava Film Commune exhibition at e-flux, the Vera List Center hosts discussions and screenings that respond to the exhibition and the general practice of the commune as one informed and formulated through political ideology. Addressing cultural practice sitting between activism and artistic expression and springing from a concrete ideological framework, this event explores the role of ideology in art in the twenty-first century, while it also investigates new toolboxes emerging through ideologically informed cultural practices which confront our hypercapitalist present.



Art•Work•Place: Creating an Equitable Art World

Saturday, April 18, 2020
11:00 am–5:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

Lawsuits, protests, union drives: the U.S. art world is a site of struggle against inequality as rarely before. These struggles are often waged singly, but the issues are intersectional and interconnected. Today, art workers are determined to create a progressive space in the ostensibly liberal sphere of art—in the workplace, not just the exhibition gallery. The Vera List Center hosts Day Two of this summit, whose goal is to link these struggles, build alliances, identify common problems and work together to propose steps forward.



Poetic Testimony

Saturday, April 25, 2020
11:00 am–5:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

Centered around Act 1 of her upcoming film, Slow WarHelene Kazan concludes her two-year fellowship at the Vera List Center with an assembly of other practitioners and New School faculty on the various forms of testimony: legal, poetic, artistic and visual.

The film follows Kazan’s long-term exploration of creating a new, art-informed case against existing legal frameworks that legitimize violence in aerial warfare. Positioned as a provocation the film puts forward as evidence Kazan’s archival findings, informal and poetic testimonials, and “precedent.”



Practicing for the Not Yet: Protocols in the Making

Saturday, May 2, 2020
11:00 am–5:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

A preview of the Vera List Center’s Seminar As for Protocols, launching in Fall 2020 and running through Spring 2021, this workshop centers around Dutch visual artist and curator Jeanne van Heeswijk’s research Training for the Not-Yet. Her project develops a curriculum of community learnings through theoretical frameworks, performative workshops, creating “learning objects” and developing test sites to enact training for the not-yet. This workshop includes a film screening and a panel discussion.


Image Credits:
Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Ínyan Iyé (Telling Rock), 2019. Photo courtesy Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Dean Erdmann, And, Apollo: A Laboratory, 2020. Installation view: Vera List Center/Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, January 16–February 11, 2020. Photo by Dario Lasagni, courtesy Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Magnus Hirschfeld Society. Photo by Dean Erdmann.
Rojava Film Commune, Stories of Destroyed Cities, 2016. Installation view: State of Concept, Athens. Photo by Alfredo Pechuan.
Helene Kazan, Imperiled House, still from lecture-performance, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Jeanne van Heeswijk,Trainings for the Not-Yet, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, September 14-15 2019. Photo by Tom Janssen.

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