Danto and Erró: A Dialogue, Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 pm
Erró embraced Pop art in New York in the mid-1960s. Later that decade political protests swept Europe, and he developed his political Pop. With funds from a German DAAD grant, he traveled throughout Europe and Asia, gathering ideas and images. In this conversation with Erró, art critic and Columbia University Emeritus Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy Arthur Danto will explore the role of the Superwoman in his work.
The Corset: Fashioning the Body, Thursday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Looking into the closets of Erró’s Femmes Fatales, Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, will sketch a brief history of the most controversial garment in the history of fashion. Challenging prevailing notions of the corset as an unhealthy instrument designed to oppress women, she will trace its associations with self-discipline, youth, and beauty, and explore its current resurrection as a symbol of rebellion and female empowerment.
Fetish, Fantasy, and Suspense, Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 pm
Following last year’s screening of her film Warrior of Light at the BAM, independent German documentary filmmaker Monika Treut will return to New York to show Seduction: the Cruel Woman (1985) in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut’s exhibition of Erró’s Femmes Fatales. Following the screening, Treut–who is also known for Female Misbehavior (1992), featuring Camille Paglia and Annie Sprinkle, and Gendernauts (1999)–will speak on fetish, fantasy, and suspense.
Organized by the Goethe-Institut New York in co-operation with the Grey Art Gallery and the Reykjavik Art Museum, as part of the Institute’s series on Gender and Sexuality.