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Event, Fiction, Trust and Surveillance: A Reading Group with the Broodthaers Society of America, Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd St, Tuesday 11 April 2017, 7 – 8.30 pm


The final event of the month-long series hosted by the Broodthaers Society of America at the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop and Roth Bar concludes on Tuesday 11 April. Artist and publisher Joe Scanlan will give a lecture on L’oeil Vigilant (the ‘Watchful Eye’) a distinct perceptual condition of that he discerns in Marcel Broodthaers’ late work— particularly No Photography Allowed and L’Angelus de Daumier—that has much in common with our current all-encompassing surveillance society. Fittingly, L’oeil Vigilant is also the name of a digital poetry magazine published that Scanlan publishes in the form of a 24/7 surveillance feed for your smartphone.

Scanlan is a professor and director of the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University. He is represented by Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna; Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp; and Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam. Scanlan is also a widely read, discussed, and translated writer for such venues as Artforum and frieze, as well as his imprint, Commerce Books, and his former website, www.thingsthatfall.com.

The Broodthaers Society of America (BSA) promotes new interpretations of the work of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers in the political and cultural context of the United States. While their primary mission is to promote scholarship on his work as a poet and artist, they also encourage using his oeuvre as a creative jumping off point for wider social and aesthetic explorations. The BSA Reading Group at the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop and Roth Bar at 48 West 22nd Street is a month-long series of discussion on the interrelated themes of Fiction, Trust and Surveillance.

This is a free event, no booking required.