Carpets for Airports: br>
being part of an ongoing investigation into the aesthetics, history, and mythology of the airport carpet, the largest indoor works of art in the world.
On the Battleship that Was Parked for Three Years in Union Square: br>
The USS Recruit, a full-scale mock battleship that was parked in Union Square for three years during and after World War I. Although I’m a student of American history, this isn’t a topic about which I could make a proper paper — nor is wartime propaganda, more generally, a subject I study. I hope this counts as something in which I’m not an expert.
Next Slide Please: br>
Like the typical academic talk, Next Slide Please makes a series of claims and arrives at a thesis. But it does so without the most basic feature of a lecture: words. Using the props of the classroom – a series of slides, a piece of chalk, a blackboard – this presentation sketches new relationships between sets of images from 20th century America. As language emerges out of the constellation of slides, the audience participates in a wordless argument. If only our own American history lessons had been as silent. br> br>
Brian Sholis is a writer, editor, and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He is the co-editor of The Uncertain States of America Reader (Sternberg Press, 2006), an anthology of writing on recent art and politics. From 2004 to 2009 he was an editor at Artforum. He contributes regularly to that magazine, and his writing has also appeared in Aperture, the Village Voice, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Bookforum, Frieze, and other periodicals. His essays have been published in catalogues accompanying exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and other institutions. He is married to artist Julia Dault.
Sarah Halpern works as a projectionist in New York City, hangs out with the Optipus Film Club, makes films for live performance and plays in a band named Louise. She has very little expertise in general and has never given a lecture.