Nachleben at Goethe Institut, NYC

So why a posting about New York on a blog dedicated to promoting arts and culture in Las Vegas?



Good question. Information about this exhibition and its linked programming just came to me in an email and while it’s doubtful many of us will make it next week for the lectures and screening, it seems like a good opportunity to reach out towards New York, again. The BFA class at UNLV made the sojourn a few months ago to see the Whitney Biennial (among other things) which, coincidentally had the catalog designed by Project Projects–the firm that designed the publication (above) which accompanies Nachleben. This fact alone is probably enough to justify the inclusion of this out-of-town project on this local blog.

Beyond this, we’re going to be traveling a bunch over the next few months so field research will likely be playing a much larger role in the scope of the blog anyway. What happens in New York happens in Vegas? What stays in New York happens in Vegas? What happens where? Staying where?

“Nachleben” is an exhibition organized by Fionn Meade and Lucy Raven at the Goethe-Institut’s Wyoming Building in New York’s East Village. Project Projects produced a newsprint publication featuring essays and images related to the show’s exploration of German art historian Aby Warburg’s concept of “Nachleben” (afterlife or survival) in the setting of contemporary art.

Following upon three great programs with artists John Miller, Peggy Ahwesh, and a screening of Stan VanDerBeek films hosted by Sara VanDerBeek, Nachleben continues with three programs, including programs with David Levi Strauss and Matthew Buckingham this week. More on the exhibition and contributing artists at the following link

A free newsprint exhibition publication is also available at the exhibition

And the exhibition is reviewed on at

Wednesday, May 19, 7pm – David Levi Strauss lecture: Breakdown in the Gray Room: Reconsidering the Images from Abu Ghraib

Thursday, May 20, 7pm – Matthew Buckingham revisits his installation and book project Improbable Horse

Tuesday, May 25, 7pm – Screening of Harun Farocki‘s The Taste of Life (1979) and Berlin Flash Frames (2010), a new work by William E. Jones, followed by a discussion with Jones.

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