Amar Kanwar Vera List Center for Art and Politics
In advance of Marian Goodman Gallery New York's presentation, The Vera List Center and UnionDocs, in association with the Gallery, will present a screening of Amar Kanwar’s "Such a Morning," at UnionDocs (322 Union Ave) in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the screening and discussion at 7:30 pm. On November 12, the Vera List Center will introduce Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness, a year-long series of public seminars on Freedom of Speech from fall 2018 to fall 2019 prompted by the artist's invitation to help illuminate that which is unknown or “dark.” Structured like an open curriculum, the program will examine the profound transformation on common understandings of Freedom of Speech as foundational to Western democracies, generated by recent debates around hate speech, censorship, and racism in the U.S. and elsewhere. This series will be inaugurated with “Mapping the Territory,” a seminar considering Kanwar’s meditations on both the freedoms we have -- and the freedoms we lack. The event will be held at The New School’s Lang Center (55 West 13th Street), from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
“Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies Into Darkness,” a series of seminars inspired by Amar Kanwar’s 2017 film, “Such a Morning,” completed its year-long session at the Vera List Center in New York on September 20-21, 2019. Amar Kanwar, poet and language activist Natalie Diaz, criminal defense lawyer Vanessa Place and artists Mendi and Keith Obadike, among others, contributed by way of speech and performance on the closing weekend.