In conversation: Sophie Berrebi and Helena Reckitt
Please join us for a conversation of Sophie Berrebi and Helena Reckitt about Simone de Beauvoir and her legacy, feminism and art since the 1960s.
On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Seventy Years of The Second Sex – A Conversation between Works and Words’ at Hauser & Wirth Zurich.
Dr Sophie Berrebi is an author, exhibitions curator and art historian. She is an associate professor in the history of art at the University of Amsterdam where she teaches and researches photography, fashion, and contemporary art.
She has curated exhibitions for museums and galleries including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Hauser & Wirth Zürich, where she organised ‘Jean Dubuffet and the City’ (2018). Alongside numerous articles and essays, she is the author of ‘The Shape of Evidence. Contemporary Art and the Document’ (Valiz, 2015), and ‘Dubuffet and the City. People, Place and Urban Space’ (H&W Publishers, 2018), which received the 2019 Richard Schlagman award for best book of art history. Her first novel, ‘The Sharing Economy’ will be published by Scribner (Simon & Schuster) in 2023.
Helena Reckitt has worked as a curator, lecturer, and editor, with a longstanding interest in feminist and queer art, theory and activism.
Helena Reckitt has worked as a curator, lecturer, and editor, with a longstanding interest in feminist and queer art, theory and activism. Formerly Senior Curator of Programs at The Power Plant in Toronto (2006–2010), she is currently Reader in Curating in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Reckitt has curated exhibitions in the UK, US and Canada, including ‘What Business Are You In?’ (The Contemporary, 2004), ‘Not Quite How I Remember It’ (The Power Plant, 2008) and ‘Getting Rid of Ourselves’ (OCAD University, 2014). She is editor of the books ‘Art and Feminism’ (2001), ‘Sanja Iveković: Unknown Heroine’ (2013), with Joshua Oppenheimer, ‘Acting on AIDS’ (1998), and consulting editor of ‘The Art of Feminism’ (Tate Publishing & Chronicle Books, 2018). In 2021 with Dorothee Richter she co-edited an issue of the Zurich-based journal OnCurating, on ‘Instituting Feminism.’