Thursday, September 12
132 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
Free and open to the public
This past July, Hannah Black, Ciarán Finlayson, and Tobi Haslett published “The Tear Gas Biennial” on Artforum.com. The statement urged participating artists in the current Whitney Biennial to withdraw from the show, given the museum’s inaction to remove its weapons-dealing trustee, Warren B. Kanders, from its board. Two days after the essay was published, several artists asked for their works to be retracted. A week later, Kanders resigned.
For this talk, Black and Finlayson will discuss writing “The Tear Gas Biennial,” which will be followed by a discussion on art and activism with Lauren O’Neill-Butler. Attendees are encouraged to read the statement here in advance.
Hannah Black is a writer and artist. She lives in New York.
Ciarán Finlayson is a writer and editor from Houston, TX. He lives in New York.
Lauren O’Neill-Butler is a writer based in New York.
Quijote Talks take place in our library on 21st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea, usually on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Named after our favorite after-lecture hangout, El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel, and inspired by the knight errant himself, this new series consists of pointed talks and discussions about relevant pasts and possible futures. See our full lecture series archive here.