Fall 2013,News & Events

Sunday 09/22/2013


Quijote Talk: Francis Cape

What Can We Do About It?
Thursday, October 24, 6 pm
Free and open to the public.

“Art’s ability to critique society may do no more than make us feel sanctimonious. If it is to successfully espouse values obscured by the hegemony of capitalism and its monoculture, it must embody, not merely address, those values. I mean to talk about these thoughts with reference to a recent project on communalism in America.”

Francis Cape apprenticed with master carver Dick Reid before receiving his MA from Goldsmiths College, London. In 1993 he moved to New York City. Following a decade or so of architectural interventions that addressed the inseparability of art from its context, he turned to work that confronts issues outside the studio/gallery circuit. One body of work explored the connection between what we saw of our society after Katrina hit New Orleans and what he sees in his own community in upstate New York. More recently, “Utopian Benches” dwelt on the tradition of American communalism, and on values other than those promoted in the mainstream.

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. Browse our full lecture archive, here.