Guest lecture, Vasif Kortun of "SALT,” 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Block Museum
Recognized by Art Review as “Turkey’s de facto arts spokesperson to the rest of the world,” Vasif Kortun’s work has been transformative for the contemporary Turkish art scene. An Istanbul-based writer, curator and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, Kortun will address questions of art and urban change as he considers Istanbul’s public spaces and architecture, focusing in particular on Gezi Park in the history of Taksim Square.
Kortun is the director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul, a not-for-profit institution in Turkey, which, along with hosting exhibitions, conferences, and public programs, engages in interdisciplinary research and sustains a library and archive of recent art, architecture, design, urbanism and social and economic histories for research and public use. Following Kortun's presentation, Esra Akcan, associate professor and the director of graduate studies at the department of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will lead a Q-and-A with the curator. This program and Kortun's visit to Northwestern is hosted in partnership with the Block Museum, Buffett Center and the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program.
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