On the occasion of ‘Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop,’ join us for a guest lecture and conversation on Geta Brătescu, the 92-year-old forerunner of Romanian Conceptualism. Brătescu’s diverse oeuvre – comprising drawing, collage, engraving, textiles, and photography, as well as experimental film, video, and performance – mines themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization, often drawing from the stories of literary figures and addressing the symbiotic relationship between art making and working environments. The lecture, 'Geta Bratescu’s Aesop Romance: Stitching the Image,' will be led by Sven Spieker and will be followed by a conversation about the artist’s work.
This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, due to limited seating, reservations are recommended.
About Sven Spieker
Sven Spieker teaches in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in modern and contemporary art and literature, with an emphasis on Russia and East-Central Europe, and has a special interest in issues related to documentary and knowledge production in art. His books and articles have appeared in German, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Polish, and English. Spieker has lectured and published on topics ranging from the Russian avant-garde (Malevich, Rodchenko, Dziga Vertov) to late 20th-century art in Western and Eastern Europe. He is the author of The Big Archive (2008), and has recently edited the anthology Destruction in the Whitechapel Gallery series "Documents in Contemporary Art" (2017). Additionally, Spieker is the founding editor of ARTMargins Print and a member of the editorial collective that runs ARTMargins Online. Current projects include a Critical Anthology of Conceptual Art in Eastern Europe, a study of Allegories of Education in 20th-Century Art, and a book about Kazimir Malevich in the media age.