Mapping the Apocalypse: 
Cycles of Collapse in Works by Josh Kline and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith 

Thurs, Mar 30, 2023
6 pm

Online, via Zoom

Thursday, March 30, 6 pm
Wednesday, April 12, 12 pm
Wednesday, April 26, 6 pm

Is the world on the verge of collapse? Or have we simply repackaged collapse as the norm? This online program, led by Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow Angela Brown, will take on these questions through works on view in Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map and Josh Kline: Project for a New American Century, on view at the Whitney this spring. Through vastly different approaches and experiences, each artist examines how we are distorted and defined by property, labor, and land. By interrogating how capitalism, productivity, and individualism have mutated how information is processed, both artists question what stories we take to be true and ask us what we intend to do about it.

In Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map, the artist interweaves art historical and personal references, using techniques of postwar abstraction and lessons of Native American ideologies as tools to break down persistent colonial narratives. For Josh Kline in Project for a New American Century, the pursuit of truth and the possibility of survival are threatened by deepfake software and data collection, while the whir of factories and viral videos on loop drown out warnings of impending crisis. This talk will consider formal and political resonances between the two exhibitions to explore how notions of self, truth, and fiction recalibrate in the face of imminent or ongoing disaster. 

Angela H. Brown (she/they) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, with research interests in textiles, archival practices, and art pedagogies, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America. Brown holds a BA from Vassar College and has worked as a writer and editor for art galleries, magazines, and independent publishers in New York. She continues to work with contemporary artists on research and text-based projects and is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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