The Last Word

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Lectures & Symposia

The Last Word

Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 6 pm

Maurizio Cattelan is retiring from art making with his current retrospective. To mark the end of the exhibition (and the beginning of retirement), more than 30 prominent artists, philosophers, writers, comedians, filmmakers, actors, musicians, and more will come together to contemplate the end. More than just some winter morbidity, this event tackles that most difficult moment: to decide when to stop one thing and begin another or to end it altogether. Less strenuous than a long distance race and much more than a quick sprint, this event will be a meditative seven-hour jog around life's Central Park of pleasures, desires, and regrets.

The event is co-organized by Simon Critchley, Ph.D., Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, the New School for Social Research, and Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and curator of Maurizio Cattelan: All.

Organized as a series of brief 10-15 minute individual presentations, The Last Word begins at 6 pm and continues until 1 am. Admission is pay what you wish. The order of appearance is subject to change:

Arthur Danto
Adam McEwen
Virginia Rutledge
Doryun Chong
Aquila Theatre
Marc Etkind
Francis Naumann
Nancy Northup
Jamieson Webster
George Vecsey
Donelle Woolford
Michael Rush
Slater Bradley
Matt Wrbican
Rick Moody
Aquila Theatre
Sarah Murray
Mark Taylor
Drew Daniel
David Lipsky
Robert Boyd
Stewart Home
Thomas Lawson
Tehching Hsieh and Sandhini Poddar
Steven Schwartz
Tracey Emin
Not an Alternative
Proenza Schouler and Harmony Korine
Aquila Theatre
Amy Hollywood
Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno
Sina Najafi and Simon Critchley
Courtney Love

Read more about the participants. Watch the live stream beginning at 6 pm EST at RSVP and see who's attending on Facebook.