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Avital Ronell, Vanessa Place, Kyoo Lee: Last—Words?

Whitney Independent Study Program

Avital Ronell, Vanessa Place, Kyoo Lee: Last—Words? Whitney Independent Study Program | Events Calendar


Greenwich Village / W Village

Whitney Museum of American Art | 99 Gansevoort Street

What does it mean to speak of one’s own death? After an opening reflection with Avital Ronell, University Professor of the Humanities at NYU; Jacques Derrida Professor of Philosophy and Media at EGS in Switzerland; and author of the ground-breaking text, The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (1991), artist and criminal defense attorney Vanessa Place will perform Botched Execution (2015), an extension of her Last Words (2014–ongoing). Included in the exhibition, Last Words is a recording of the artist’s voice reading the last statements of inmates executed in Texas since 1982. Kyoo Lee, philosopher, theorist, and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, will respond and moderate the conversation.

This event is organized as part of the exhibition S/N, curated by the 2014–15 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Independent Study Program.

Admission is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.