MOCCA launches speaker series with The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl

Misleading Questions Speaker Series

MISLEADING QUESTIONS SPEAKER SERIES

Over the course of the exhibition, Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, MOCCA invites viewers to consider the “Baroque” in everyday life. This series of free public talks features thinkers across diverse fields who will reflect upon and explore contemporary ideas of aesthetics and judgment in varying and surprising ways.

Misleading Questions

Discussions on contemporary culture, thought, and phenomena
in an era of excess

Presented through the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

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KEYNOTE LECTURE
Presented in partnership with OCAD University
SURROUNDING BEAUTY
Thoughts on aesthetic experience, with reference to the Baroque

Friday February 28
7 – 8 pm
Presented at OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street

Peter Schjeldahl (New York, NY) has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s Chief Art Critic. He came to The New Yorker from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1980 to 1998. Previously, he had written for the New York Times’ Arts and Leisure section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

Curiouser and Curiouser & The Second Skin
Saturday March 1
1 – 2 pm
Presented at MOCCA
Speakers:
Michael Atkinson
The Second Skin: Pleasures of the Tattooed Flesh
Michael Atkinson (Toronto, ON), Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, U of T and author of Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, will address “contemporary understandings of tattooing as quasi-legitimate performance art in Canada.”
Rachel Anne Farquharson
Curiouser and Curiouser: the Anxiety of the Flat
Essayist and curatorRachel Anne Farquharson (Toronto, ON) will explore ideas such as the “false promises images make” and the “powerful and bewildering result of the flat quality of illustration, animation, and projected installation.”
Cheesy Goodness & Infinite Warehouse
Saturday March 8
1 – 2 pm
Presented at MOCCA
Speakers:
Erik Anderson
Cheesy Goodness
Erik Anderson (Madison, NY), Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Drew University and essayist Sailing the Seas of Cheese, will address “the importance of ‘cheesiness’ as a term of aesthetic evaluation in Western popular culture.” For example, “Memphis Elvis is cool; Vegas Elvis is cheesy.”
Kevin Melchionne
Infinite Warehouse: Art in the Age of Amazon
Artist and researcherKevin Melchionne, Ph.D. (Scarsdale, NY) asks, “The internet of things is changing how we shop. Is it also changing us aesthetically?” His talk will consider “the implications of Amazon, Netflix, Etsy, and other signs of the infinite warehouse for our aesthetic lives.”
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Special thanks to the Edward Day Gallery

Images: (top) David Altmejd, The Holes (detail), 2008. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © David Altmejd, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Photo © NGC (left) Tricia Middleton discusses her work and practice during her Misled by Nature artist talk on February 8; (right) MOCCA installation shot

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