مقدمة هكذا هو الحال

On the Road
March 25 - April 19

In March, Deller will depart New York City to broaden the dialogues begun at the New Museum with diverse audiences across the nation. He will travel aboard an RV with Esam Pasha, artist and formerly a translator for the Chief Advisor in the British Embassy of Baghdad and for american forces around Iraq; and Jonathan Harvey, a veteran of the Iraq war and recently demobilized PSYOP specialist. They will park in public sites to hold conversations about Iraq. Visitors are encouraged to bring objects related to Iraq, and to participate in conversations with Pasha and Harvey.

Esam Pasha and Jonathan Harvey were selected by the artist, Creative Time, and the New Museum from a wide pool of applicants interested in the project. The destroyed car on view during the project’s installation at the New Museum will be placed on a flatbed trailer and hitched to the RV. As an artist who consistently privileges the concerns of social history, Deller is interested in providing a platform for discussion. The car on view in New York and on the road will be a visual aid to prompt open dialog and unrestricted conversation. When the project arrives in Los Angeles, it will be on view at the Hammer Museum until mid-May.

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March 26: Washington, DC
11 am - 6 pm: The National Mall, Jefferson Drive SW, between 12th and 14th Streets, on the north side of the street

Hosted by Street Scenes; Projects for DC, Institute for Policy Studies, and Provisions Library

Street Scenes: Projects for DC was created in the spring of 2006 by local independent curators to mount temporary public art interventions within the Washington metropolitan area. By placing art outside the confines of museums and galleries, the project brings innovative and challenging art experiences to thousands of residents, workers and tourists within the nation's capital.


Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF) is a "Think Tank Without Walls" connecting the research and action of more than 700 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner. It is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.


Provisions Learning Project is an arts and social change learning resource that amplifies compelling voices that challenge and redefine the mainstream. Its library and online services are a trusted source for alternative perspectives on a wide range of social change topics and its innovative exhibitions strongly engage the arts as a powerful means of exploring social issues and as an agent of change.


March 27: Richmond, VA
1 - 5 pm: Park Plaza on the VCU campus, an outdoor space between the Hibbs and Pollak Buildings; the Pollack Building is located at 325 North Harrison Street
Artist talk, 11 am: VCU Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue

Hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.


March 28: Philadelphia, PA
10 am - 4 pm: North 5th and Arch Street, in front of the National Constitution Center
Artist talk, 6:30pm: Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street

Hosted by Slought Foundation in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy

A nonprofit institution founded in 2002, Slought Foundation ('Sl-aw-t') is internationally renowned for its cultural activities. Culture means more than just preservation or presentation to us; it means the exchange of ideas, the creation of concepts. We work with communities in intimate and participatory ways, exploring new forms of practice and belonging. As a grass-roots institution, we value agility and the experimental disposition. The name of our organization is derived from the word 'slough,' and gestures towards ecological metaphors of rejuvenation and reinvention. In our first seven years, we have presented hundreds of exhibitions and educational programs internationally and in Philadelphia, operating at the forefront of curatorial innovation in North america. Our recent selection by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States at La Biennale di Venezia (2008) is an enormous honor for our small West Philadelphia organization, and recognizes a new spirit of community activism and inclusiveness across the country. In the absence of major public and private support for organizations that challenge conventional wisdom, the local site and cultural practice are becoming newly empowered.


March 30: Cincinnati, OH
12:30 - 5 pm: Fountain Square Plaza, East 5th Street between Vine and Walnut Streets
Artist talk, 6:30 pm: Contemporary Arts Center

Hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center

Founded in November 1939 as the Modern Art Society by three visionary women in Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting the art of our time. In May 2003, the Center relocated to its first free-standing home, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, designed by Zaha Hadid. Throughout its distinguished history, the Center has earned a reputation for stimulating thought and introducing new ideas by presenting the work of diverse artists from around the world, including hundreds of now-famous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Nam June Paik, I.M. Pei, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. CAC focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media, presenting eight to 12 exhibitions and 20 to 40 performances annually. The CAC receives ongoing support from: Fine Arts Fund; Ohio Arts Council; City of Cincinnati; The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, City of Cincinnati Arts Grant Recipient; The Kettering Fund; and the generous contributions and grants of individuals and corporations and foundations, CAC memberships, facility rentals, special events and sales from the CAC Store.


March 31: St. Louis, MO
12:30 - 5 pm: in the Delmar Loop at 6610 Delmar Boulevard
Artist talk, 6 - 8 pm: Front Room performance and discussion at the Contemporary

Hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

With a vision of presenting the most relevant and experimental developments in contemporary art and developing successful community partnerships, education programs and outreach initiatives, the Contemporary makes the arts available to wide and diverse audiences throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Founded as the Forum for Contemporary Art in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis re-opened with a new 25,000 square-foot building in 2003.


April 1: Kansas City, MO
12 - 2pm: Mill Creek Park, near the corner of 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway, on the Country Club Plaza (50 W47th Street)
4 - 5pm: YJ’s Snack Shop, at 128 W18th Street
Artist talk, 7pm: Grand Arts, 1819 Grand Boulevard

Hosted by Grand Arts

Grand Arts is a non-profit art project space in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. We commission and assist artists in the production and realization of ambitious contemporary art projects, providing technical, logistical and financial support while encouraging conceptual risk-taking and experimentation at all stages of the creative process. Since 1995, Grand Arts has produced and exhibited more than 65 projects by artists including William Pope.L, Laurel Nakadate, spurse, Sanford Biggers, Isaac Julien, Patricia Cronin and Alfredo Jaar.


April 3: Memphis, TN
12 - 5pm: First Congregational Church (1000 South Cooper Street)

Hosted by UrbanArt Commission

UrbanArt is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to cultivate a dynamic, vibrant, and nurturing community through public art and design in Memphis, Tennesee. Since 1997 it has produced over 80 public art projects, and continues to enliven the public domain today. UrbanArt partners with a variety of community stakeholders including neighborhood groups, private developers and municipal authorities to produce art works of wide ranging media. UrbanArt is funded in part by ArtsMemphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and donations from private citizens. Furthermore, UrbanArt acts as project manager for the ‘Percent for Art’ programs of the City of Memphis, as well as Memphis City Schools.


April 6: Summertown, TN

Hosted by The Farm Community

The Farm Community is an intentional community of families and friends living on three square miles in southern middle Tennessee. The Farm was started in 1971 with the goal of establishing a strongly cohesive, outwardly-directed community. Over the last 35 years, The Farm has become well known for many things, from natural childbirth and midwifery to healthy diet and vegetarian cuisine, creative arts and alternative technologies to its partnerships and assistance to native cultures.


April 7: New Orleans, LA
2300 St. Claude Street between Spain and Mandeville

Hosted by the Colton School

STUDIO AT COLTON, a program of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO), is a brilliant new arts venue that is exhibiting the work of 78 artists and art groups from this region, in addition to four of the New Orleans Biennial Prospect.1 pieces. Works include large scale installations, sculptures, paintings, photographic work and performances. Artists are on hand in many of the fifty classrooms turned into studios to talk about their work. The purpose of STUDIO AT COLTON School is to create an innovative and educational working studio and presentation environment that will provide both studio and exhibition space to facilitate the creative activity of New Orleans area artists of all disciplines and students in a collaborative workshop environment. This program aims to showcase the creative products of the region and to help students improve their creative skills and work habits as well as expand their performance and career expectations.


April 9-10: Houston, TX
April 9, 10 am - 4 pm: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building, on the University of Houston Central Campus
April 10, 10 am - 4 pm: Emancipation Park, at the intersection of Elgin and Dowling Streets

Artist talk, April 9, 7pm: Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, 5101 Montrose Boulevard

Hosted by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts with the Blaffer Gallery and UH School of Art

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual and literary arts. From its base at the University of Houston, the Mitchell Center offers public events, residencies and courses that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue and present new ways of experiencing the arts in contemporary life. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five units at the University of Houston: The School of Art, Creative Writing Program, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, and Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston.


Founded in 1973, Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, was named in honor of the late Sarah Campbell Blaffer, a noted Houston arts patron and collector. Since its inception, the museum has been a vital force in the presentation and promotion of contemporary visual arts in Houston. Blaffer Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the University of Houston's central campus, entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard. It is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sundays, Mondays and university holidays. The museum is ADA compliant.


April 11: Dallas, TX
10 am - 1 pm: Southern Methodist University (SMU) at Flag Pole at the end of Bishop Boulevard

Hosted by Goss-Michael Foundation

The Goss-Michael Foundation was founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in June 2007 as a means to share their personal collection with the public and enable Dallas to interact with and become aware of the ground-breaking international artists that are responsible for the direction of today’s most influential art trends. The multi-million dollar collection is comprised entirely of British Contemporary art and includes approximately 500 works by more than 75 of the most elite British artists working today. Longtime collectors and advocates of the generation of artists that came to be internationally recognized as the YBAs (Young British Artists), Michael and Goss have assembled a collection of innovative and often provocative pieces that resonate, on a very personal level, with the couple, and also convey the individual experiences of the artists.

The Foundation offers the public a rotating schedule of exhibitions derived from Goss and Michael’s private collection as well as other institutions. These exhibitions serve as a challenge to preconceived art notions and strive to set a new standard in artistic awareness by providing visitors with fresh and fascinating art experiences. Through these experiences, the Foundation hopes to generate new perspectives and conversations on the creative methods of contemporary artists. Locally, the Foundation is dedicated to contributing to Dallas’s thriving artistic community and enhancing the public’s familiarity and interaction with mid-career and emerging international artists.


April 13: Santa Fe, NM
10 am - 6 pm: The Santa Fe Plaza, bordered by East San Francisco Street, West Palace Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue

Hosted by SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe is a private not-for-profit, non-collecting contemporary arts organization committed to enriching the cultural life of Santa Fe and beyond. It meets this commitment by providing an ongoing venue for exhibitions of artists who merit international recognition, as well as offering education and multidisciplinary public programs. Its International Biennial is a crucial part of this mission.


April 15: Phoenix, AZ
12 - 5:30 pm: Arizona State University Art Museum, front entrance lot (51 E10th Street, Tempe, AZ)

Hosted by Future Arts Research of Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) has established F.A.R. @ ASU, a groundbreaking program for engaging artists with the university and greater community. Based in downtown Phoenix, F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) will host 20–24 leading national and international artists, critics and scholars each year who will conduct research in collaboration with departments within the university and work closely with the surrounding community. F.A.R. is an initiative of the university president?s office, independent of the ASU?s Herberger College of the Arts. F.A.R. artists will follow an applied research method focusing in its first phase on three areas important to Phoenix: new technologies in the arts; desert aesthetics; and issues of justice and human rights.


April 19 - May 17: Los Angeles, CA
Artist talk, April 19, 3 pm: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
April 21: Opening at the Hammer Museum

All Hammer Public Programs are open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

April 24: New York, NY
Artist talk, 6:30 - 8pm: The Cooper Union Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY
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Creative Time, the New Museum and The Cooper Union present It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, Report from the Road

A report-back from the road with Jeremy Deller and Esam Pasha. The talk will be moderated by Nato Thompson, Creative Time Curator and introduced by amy Mackie, Curatorial Assistant, New Museum.


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