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Joint Panel with Krzysztof Wodiczko: A Dialogue on Art, Technology, and Spectacle, with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer + Art, Community, and Institutions, with Jill Medvedow

February 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This image shows three side-by-side photographs of the Bunker Hill Monument at night with images of people’s faces projected on its surface. Crowds and a statue can be seen in front of the monument.


In this joint panel, we will first explore how creative practices and institutions navigate audience participation and how they enter into spaces of co-production. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will discuss how his practice, use of technology, and processes of community participation are in dialogue with Krzysztof Wodiczko’s own practice. In her presentation, Jill Medvedow, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, will discuss the role of institutions in fostering community commitment and involvement through various modes of engagement, focusing in particular on Wodiczko’s Bunker Hill Monument Project (1998) and his installation Out of Here: The Veterans Project (2009–10) at the ICA.

Each panelist will be in conversation with Wodiczko following their presentation.

These talks are organized to coincide with the exhibition Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait (October 14, 2021–April 17, 2022), the artist’s new commission at the Harvard Art Museums that explores the state of democracy today. Video recordings capturing voices and opinions of students and young people from Harvard and the Boston area are used to activate the Harvard Art Museums’ iconic portrait of George Washington (c. 1795) by Gilbert Stuart, fostering an exchange of views and responses at this time of heightened political division. A concurrent exhibition, Interrogative Design: Selected Works of Krzysztof Wodiczko, is on view at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design through February 20, 2022.

Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist
Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

Please read these instructions on how to join a meeting on Zoom. For general questions, email am_register@harvard.edu.

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is made possible by the Graham Gund Exhibition Fund, held jointly by the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

The Harvard Art Museums have reopened to the public. Reservations are required for visitors and can be made up to three weeks in advance. Please visit the museum website for more information.