Gerard & Kelly: "On Modern Living” [res. Beatriz Colomina]

Nov 7, 2023, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
Betts Auditorium (School of Architecture)


Event Description

Graduate Program in Media + Modernity | Princeton University


Gerard & Kelly

" On Modern Living

[Response: Beatriz Colomina]

Tuesday, November 07, 2023 @5pm ET

Betts Auditorium (School of Architecture)


Event co-sponsored by the Program in Media and Modernity (M+M) and the Program in Visual Arts (VIS).


In Modern Living, a series of films and performances created in iconic architectural sites, Gerard & Kelly mine “ruins of modernism” for their hidden choreographies and radical social experiments. Beginning with the R.M. Schindler House in West Hollywood, California (1922), designed to house two young couples in an early experiment of communal living, and continuing through their recent project at E 1027, Eileen Gray’s villa in Roquebrune-Cap Martin, France (1929), the lecture tracks the artists’ ongoing probe of the layered and complicated history of modernism.


American artists based in Paris since 2018, Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly have collaborated for nearly two decades on performance, video, and installation, among other formats. Having collectively studied ballet, visual art, literature, and gender studies, Gerard & Kelly use conceptual strategies within art and dance to examine broader themes of memory, history, subjectivity, and sexuality.


Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture. Her most recent books are X-Ray Architecture (Lars Muller, 2019)and Radical Pedagogies, ed. with Ignacio Gonzalez Galan, Evangelos Kotsioris, and Anna-Maria Meister (MIT Press, 2022).


Gerard & Kelly, Modern Living, 2016. Performance view: MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, West Hollywood, California. Julia Eichten, Rachelle Rafailedes. Courtesy of the artists and Marian Goodman Gallery. © Adagp Paris, 2023

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