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Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Emmett), 2008, printed 2022, chromogenic print, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Funds from Ryan E. Lee and Lee Group Holdings (LGH), Heather and Jim Johnson Fund, Kend Family Fund, and Peter Edwards and Rose Gutfeld Fund

Double Vision

Identity and Difference in Modern and Contemporary Art

Public Symposia

  • Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required.

Join us for a symposium in conjunction with The Double: Identity and Difference in Art Since 1900. Presentations and conversations will explore the exhibition’s themes of doubling in visual practice.  

This symposium is organized by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

Session I: The Divided and Doubled Self
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Smooth Nzewi, Museum of Modern Art 
“Relational vs. Relativity: Twoness in Yoruba Culture and Representation”

James Oles, Wellesley College
“Double Frida, Double Diego”

Lynne Tillman, The University at Albany
“Nothing Is the Same”

Discussion moderated by Pamela Lee, Yale University


Performance of Josiah McElheny’s Two Walking Mirrors
Performed by Deviated Theatre
2:00 p.m.
East Building, Concourse level
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Session II: The Abstract Double
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Josiah McElheny, New York, NY
“Choreographing Two Walking Mirrors

Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
“Barnett Newman’s Promise”

David Getsy, University of Virginia
“Intimate Adjacencies and the Double in Queer Abstraction”

Discussion moderated by Christine Mehring, University of Chicago