A Conversation with Anna Bella Geiger
March 26, 2018
Schermerhorn Hall, 1198 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 Stronach Center, 8th Fl.
Please join us for a conversation with artist Anna Bella Geiger, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Anna Bella Geiger: Here is the Center at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. Geiger will discuss her work with scholar Claudia Calirman and curator Olivia Casa. Free and open to the public, this talk will be held in the Stronach Center on the 8th Floor of Schermerhorn Hall, located at 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, on the Columbia University campus.
Anna Bella Geiger (b. Rio de Janeiro, 1933) studied linguistics and Anglo-Germanic language and literature in Brazil, and sociology and art history at New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, such as Espai de Lectura 1: Brasil at MACBA, Barcelona, in 2009; Modern Women: Single Channel at MoMA PS1, New York, in 2011; Video Vintáge at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2012; and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2017. Geiger’s major solo exhibitions include Projects: Videos XXI at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1978; On a Certain Piece of Land at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, in 2005; and Physical and Human Geography at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, in 2017. She represented Brazil in the 39th Venice Biennale in 1980 and received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982. Her work is part of important museum collections such as MACBA, Barcelona; the Getty, Los Angeles; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Claudia Calirman is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, in the Department of Art and Music. Her areas of study are Latin American, modern, and contemporary art. She is the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Arvey Book Award by the Association for Latin American Art. She is a 2013 recipient of the Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. Calirman has curated several exhibitions in New York, including Basta! Art and Violence in Latin America at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, in 2016, and Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! at the Americas Society, in 2011. She is the Director of the Art and Justice Fellowship Program at John Jay College and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (ACA).
Olivia Casa is a master’s candidate in the Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program at Columbia University and the curator of the exhibition Anna Bella Geiger: Here is the Center.