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Jill Magid Visiting Artist Lecture

April 29, 2021 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Free

Lecture from 12-1pm

Extended Q&A and discussion of Magid’s feature film The Proposal from 1-2pm

Zoom link: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/95597736195

VCU Library members can view The Proposal here prior to the lecture

American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience,  exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her  performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of  organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical  and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as  intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations,  Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make  contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the  dynamics of seduction, and the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love  story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an  institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity. 

With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including The Renaissance  Society, Chicago; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City;  Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley  Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam;  Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security  and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has received awards from the  Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten, the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship  Fulbright Grant, the 2017 Calder Prize; and a 2020 Creative Time Artist Commission.  Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Lyon, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon,  Gothenburg, and Performa Biennials, and Manifesta, among others. She is an  Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School  of Design at Harvard University, and a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art  and Politics. An adjunct teacher at Cooper Union, Magid is the author of four  novellas. Her first feature film, The Proposal, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2018,  received an Honorable Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at Hot Docs in Toronto,  the Festival Grand Prix Award at the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival,  Poland; and the Public Prize at the Architectural Film Festival Lisbon. Opening at IFC  Center New York, the film was recently released in theaters across the US with  distribution by Oscilloscope Labs. Her work is included the collections of the Centre  Pompidou, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fundacion Jumex, and the Walker Art  Center, among others.