TALK Lecture & Visitor Series

Under the title TALK Lecture & Visitor Series, Reykjavik Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts are initiating a collaborative visitor program, offering a platform for continual professional-, international encounter to take place in Iceland. Comprising visits by ground-breaking figures in the visual arts, this program initiative will bring to Icelandic art community, as well as to the public at large, the burgeoning ideas and diverse practices that define the terms and shape the dialogue within the international contemporary art scene. Events will take place in English and are open to everyone, free of charge.
The American Embassy in Iceland is the main sponsor for TALK Lecture & Visitor Series with support from The French Embassy in Iceland. 
Programme: 2014
TALK: Dieter Daniels
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
8 april 2014

The starting point for the lecture is the fact that our world of experience today is characterized by the omnipresence of audiovisual products and structures. Through digitization, the cultural production of images and sounds becomes part of a hybridization merging media technologies, art genres and market strategies.

In the talk, Daniels’ will respond to this fact by presenting a historical frame of reference, making comparisons to contemporary techno-cultural developments. The lecture will demonstrate interrelations between the history of science and technology, perception studies and art- film- and music theory in audiovisual practices, since the 18th century. More.

TALK: Heike Munder
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
18 March 2014

Munder’s lecture, entitled It’s Time for Action (There’s No Option), quotes Yoko Ono’s song of the same name recorded in 2000. From the beginning of her artistic activity in the early 1960s, before the official term feminism became currency, Ono dealt with gender specific role patterns and rebelled against outmoded hierarchical and patriarchal structures of society. Taking Yoko Ono into consideration, Munder’s lecture will focus on feminism in the arts and trace the drive to stand up against these structures of order. The lecture will discuss topics such as the use of art as symbolic representation, a lust for life, and the conviction that in an active movement everything can be possible. More.


TALK: Nicolaus Schafhausen
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
21 January 2014

“Intelligent Entertainment on the Rise”
Art has been in the media’s spotlight more recently, does this focus have an influence on the work of artists and curators? What unifies the contemporary over the last twenty-five years? Is art political per se?

The above questions play a central role in Schafhausen’s practice as a curator. Recently, he organized the ten-day festival “What Would Thomas Bernhard Do” at Kunsthalle Wien. The festival was dedicated to the central issues of our society, which was followed by the group exhibition “Salon der Angst”. Engaging with the diffuse term angst, the exhibition took the perspective of contemporary art and linked it with selected historical positions. In October 2013 Brigitte Oetker and Schafhausen published the 60th Jahresring: Jahrbuch für moderne Kunst entitled “Attention Economy”, which takes the form of a compilation of artist interviews. Here Schafhausen put a series of questions to thirty-one art practitioners, less geared toward each artist’s own praxis and more toward the conditions under which it arises.

Audio recording can be found here.

Programme: Spring 2013
TALK: Miwon Kwon
Thursday 21 March, 8 p.m.
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
Miwon Kwon has extensive curatorial experience from her tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1990s. Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies. She was a founding co-editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992-2004), and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Francis Alÿs, Michael Asher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jimmie Durham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Josiah McElheny, Christian Philipp Müller, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Do Ho Suh, among others.  A major historical exhibition entitled  “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974,” co-organized with Philipp Kaiser, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2012), currently on view at Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany.
TALK: Ann Reynolds
Thursday 4 April, 8 p.m.
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
Ann Reynolds is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on U.S. and European art, architecture, and visual culture after 1930; feminist theory, gender, and sexuality studies; the historiography of exhibition practice; and film. Recent publications include Robert Smithson: Learning From New Jersey and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2003); an essay on feminist publics circa 1970 for Witness to Her Art, Bard College; and several essays on Robert Smithson written in conjunction with his recent retrospective. She has received several teaching awards, most recently the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006.
TALK: Charlotte Laubard
Thursday 11 April, 8 p.m.
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
Charlotte Laubard is the director of the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux (since 2006). Priorly she held positions as associate curator at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy (2002-2005); and Curatorial Associate, P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center, New York (1999-2000).  She also worked as an independent curator and critic based in Paris and has curated various projects and is the co-founder of More Fools in Town, Turin, Italy. Laubard has contributed to many art journals including Zérodeux, Beaux-Arts Magazine,, Flash Art and Rebel.



Fall 2012 lectures

David A. Ross - The Evolution of Video Art
Thursday 15 November 2012
Hafnarhús - TALK Series
David A. Ross is the current Chairman of the MFA: Art Practice program at School of Visual Art SVA, New York and a former director at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He has curated at University Art Museum, Berkeley, Long Beach Museum of Art and Everson Museum of Art and various independent exhibitions internationally. He is an expert on the history of video art and performance and new media and has organized various projects in the field including a Bill Viola retrospective at Whitney Museum of American Art (traveling exhibition).

Didier Semin - The Cartoon Paradigm
Thursday 27 September 2012
Hafnarhús - TALK Series

Didier Semin is a professor at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 1998. He has been curator at the Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix in Sables d'Olonne, then at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris and at the Musée national d'art moderne. He organized numerous monographic and thematic exhibitions, including Kurt Schwitters retrospective and, L'Empreinte (Imprint) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in collaboration with the philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman,. He is the editor of a book series devoted to the writing of artists, published by ENSBA and has focused on the drawing as medium in contemporary art.
Spring 2012 lectures
Claire Bishop – Delegated Performance
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Hafnarhús - TALK Series

Claire Bishop is a British - New York based art historian and critic. She is a professor of History of Art Department at CUNY Graduate Center, New York and has previously taught in the Curating Contemporary Art department of the Royal College of Art, London, where she continues to be Visiting Professor, and at Warwick University(UK). Bishop is editor of the highly regarded volumes Participation (2006) and Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and is a contributor to many art journals including Artforum, Flash Art, and October; her essay “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics,” which appeared in October in 2004, remains an influential critique of relational aesthetics. Bishop is currently working on a history and theory of socially-engaged art. In 2008 she co-curated (with Mark Sladen) the exhibition Double Agent (ICA, London; Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre; and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead).

Eleanor Heartney – Art and Labour
Thursday 26 January 2012
Hafnarhús - TALK Series

Eleanor Heartney, is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004); Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006) and Art and Today (Phaidon Press Inc., 2008), a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel Publishing, 2007), which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.





8 April
Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Dieter Daniels

VimeoDieter Daniels (01:30:49)



18 March
Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Heike Munder

VimeoHeike Munder (01:15:50)



21 January
Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Nicolaus Schafhausen




21 March
Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Miwon Kwon

VimeoMiwon Kwon - part 1 (51:01)

VimeoMiwon Kwon - part 2 (47:40)




Fimmtudag 4. apríl kl. 20
Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Ann Reynolds






Thursday 11. April 8 p.m.
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús – Talk Series
Charlotte Laubard







      Talks: 2012

Thursday 15. November 8 p.m
Hafnarhús - TALK
David Ross



Thursday 27. September 8 p.m
Hafnarhús - TALK
Didier Semin
VimeoDidier Semin (01:06:48)


Wednesday 21 March 8 p.m.
Hafnarhús – TALK
Claire Bishop: Delegated Performance



Thursday 26 January 8 p.m.
Hafnarhús – TALK
Eleanor Heartney: Art and Labour

Part 1 
Part 2





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