First TALK series talk at Reykjavik Art Museum tonight, free entry

Reykjavik Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts TALK it through. The American Embassy in Iceland supports TALK Series.

(Press release)

Luis E. Arreaga, the American ambassador to Iceland, signed a contract with Reykjavik Art Museum, the Icelandic Art Center and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts who are initiating a collaborative lecture program under the title TALK Lecture & Visitor Series. The program is intended to offer an ongoing platform for encounters with art professionals on an international level. Comprising visits by leading figures in the visual arts, this program initiative will bring to the Icelandic art community and to the public at large the burgeoning ideas and diverse practices that shape the dialogue within the international contemporary art scene. The American Embassy in Iceland is the main sponsor for TALK Series 2012.

Dorothe Kirsch Director of the Icelandic Art Center, US ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, Hafþór Yngvason Reykjavik Art Museum Director and Hulda Stefánsdóttir professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

“The US Embassy is pleased to sponsor this program bringing together the American and Icelandic arts communities” said Ambassador Arreaga. “Art is a universal language and we can all learn from each other.”

TALK Transfers

Each series will have a thematic focus, where speakers offer a specific insight to the field. For spring 2012, under the title TALK Transfers, the series places its focus on topics such as work and ethics of the artist, his role and responsibility; and how he transfers roles with different intentions. Participants are Americans Eleanor Heartney, Helen Molesworth and Alanna Heiss, and America based Briton Claire Bishop.

First guest arriving in January
Eleanor Heartney is the first participant in the TALK Series. She will give a lecture on Thursday 26 January 8 p.m, on the topic of art and labour with reference to the exhibition of Santiago Sierra at Reykjavik Art Museum. Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992.

Events will take place at Hafnarhús – Reykjavik Art Museum and are open to everyone, free of charge. Further information about the program can be found on the Reykjavik Art Museum website.