This evening presentation will present new research on the life and work of Eugen Gabritschevsky. Join scholars Anne Sauvagnargues, Kurt Johnson, and Valérie Rousseau as they discuss Gabritschevksy’s relationship to entomology, surrealism, the natural world, and other topics.
Anne Sauvagnargues is professor of philosophy at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. A specialist in aesthetics, contemporary arts, and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, she codirects the book series “Lignes d’art” with Fabienne Brugère for Presses universitaires de France. She is the author of numerous works, including Deleuze and Art (Bloomsbury, 2013), Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), and Deleuze. L’empirisme transcendental (Presses universitaires de France, 2008; forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press).
Kurt Johnson is a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist, and former monastic. With a Ph.D. in evolution, ecology, systematics, and comparative biology, plus extensive training in comparative religion and philosophy, he was associated professionally for twenty years with the American Museum of Natural History and also with the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Dr. Johnson has published over 200 professional articles and seven books on evolution and ecology. His book Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius (coauthored with New York Times journalist Steve Coates) was a “ten best” book in science in 2000 at Booklist, Library Journal, the Washington Post, and picked as “Editor’s Choice for 1999” at the Seattle Times. The book’s Chinese translation received the 2016 Best Nature and Science Book Award from the Beijing News. In 2016, he authored with Stephen H. Blackwell, Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art. The book was selected by Nature as a “Top 20 Book in Science for 2016.”
Valérie Rousseau, Ph.D., is Curator of Self-Taught Art and Art Brut at the American Folk Art Museum. Since 2013, she has curated exhibitions on artists from various countries, including the AAMC Award–winning When the Curtain Never Comes Down on performance art (2015); Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die on Ronald Lockett, Melvin Way, Native American effigies, and Brazilian ex-votos (2016); Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet (2015); and shows on Bill Traylor (2013) and William Van Genk (2014). The Director of Société des arts indisciplinés, Montreal, from 2001 to 2007, Rousseau built an archive on art practices emerging outside the art mainstream and organized exhibitions, notably Richard Greaves: Anarchitect (2005–07). Rousseau holds a Ph.D. in art history and a M.A. in art theory, both from Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a M.A. in anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is the author of the essays “Visionary Architectures” (The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, 2013), “Revealing Art Brut” (Culture & Musées, 2010), and Vestiges de l’indiscipline (Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2007).
Public programs are supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Image: Eugen Gabritschevsky (1893–1979), untitled, Haar, Germany, n.d., gouache on paper, 9 5/8 x 15 3/16 in., Collection abcd/Bruno Decharme. Photo by Cesar Decharme.