2021 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts explores role of visual art in palliative care

Rice University Professor Marcia Brennan will present the Goldfarb Lecture at York University

Rice University Professor Marcia Brennan will present the Goldfarb Lecture at York University

Marcia Brennan, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Humanities at Rice University, is the featured speaker for the 2021 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts presented by York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD).

The lecture will take place Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Interested participants are encouraged to register by sending an email to sensinfo@yorku.ca and a Zoom Link will be sent out prior to the event.

Drawing on her creative clinical experiences in Acute Palliative Care, Brennan will examine the ways in which the curatorial model might be expanded to consider how aesthetics can serve as a form of care for people facing the end of life. Just as the artworks are produced during critical junctures of transition, they often appear as meditations on multiplicity as people imagine various forms of presence. Brennan’s talk will be followed by a public conversation with Jennifer Fisher, professor in the Department of Visual Art & Art History at York University and there will be an opportunity for a Q-and-A session with the audience.

Brennan in the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Humanities at Rice University, where she works in the fields of Art History, Religious Studies and the Medical Humanities. She also serves as a literary Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her books include Life at the End of Life: Finding Words Beyond Words (Intellect), Curating Consciousness: Mysticism and the Modern Museum (MIT Press), Modernism’s Masculine Subjects: Matisse, the New York School and Post-Painterly Abstraction (MIT Press), and Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics (MIT Press).

This event is presented in conjunction with the nascent Art and Wellness initiative in AMPD. Brennan’s work exemplifies the important role that artist and curatorial residencies can bring to practices of caring and curing in hospitals and other health care contexts.

Brennan’s lecture is organized by the Department of Visual Art and Art History in conjunction with Sensorium: The Center for Digital Art and Technology. The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding benefactors of York University’s Department of Visual Art and Art History and AMPD. This lecture is free to attend and all are welcome.

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