“Goodbye Object, Hello Project” – Discussion with Alison Gerber and Joseph del Pesco
at Lisa Cooley
107 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
Monday, February 4
What’s valuable in art work? How should artists be paid for the things that they do? Alison Gerber and Joseph del Pesco explore historical and contemporary arguments for the value of artistic practice, and consider institutional responses to the problems of artworks, art work, and art as work.
Alison Gerber is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Yale University and a junior fellow of the Center for Comparative Research and the Center for Cultural Sociology. Her research focuses on work, culture, and public life. Her dissertation research examines variation in the ways artists define the value of their activities in order to investigate mechanisms that influence monetary valuation and occupational commitment. The project aims to develop a theory of valuation and its variation within occupations, and to illuminate valuation outside of stable employment relationships in order to contribute to our understanding of artists as well as economic and working life more generally. Alison holds a BA and BFA from the University of Minnesota, attended Critical Studies at Malmö Art Academy / Lund University, and holds an MA and MPhil from Yale University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Joseph del Pesco is the director of the San Francisco branch of the Kadist Art Foundation. His practice as a curator, writer and media producer is marked by a collaborative working approach and a pursuit of experimental institutional strategies. He has previously held positions at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and Artists Space and participated in residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, Italy. He has also realized numerous independent projects in the Bay Area including the Pickpocket Almanack at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Collective Foundation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Secret Society at the Berkeley Art Museum. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including the recent catalog for the exhibition Six Lines of Flight at SFMOMA, and the journals Fillip, Manifesta Journal, Mousse, Art in America’s website, Utne Reader, X-Tra, Flash Art, and NERO.
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