Theory — Sep 4, 2016

In the context of the exhibition Avery Singer: Scenes (Apr 23 - Oct 2, 2016), the Stedelijk Museum presents an afternoon with lectures about the position of art in our digital era. 

Adults € 15 / Students € 10 / Museumcard € 2,50
Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sep 4, 2016, 12.30 pm until 3.15 pm
Main language

With the appropriation of online images and the use of SketchUp – a freely available computer program for 3D model drawings – the work of artist Avery Singer clearly originates from digital technologies. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that her work is anything but a straightforward application of media technology and consists of multiple stages and processes. Various experts will discuss Singer’s methods and her position within the visual arts.

Singer's paintings depict cubist figures in geometric environments: artists and dancers in a studio or club. The stylized black-and-white images are composed on a computer, applied on canvas using stencils and spray paint. Her work is not specifically about painting or digital technology, but about malleability in the art world. Recurring themes are the cultural process of artistic creation, the way artists themselves are being 'made', and the interaction between artists and curators, galleries and institutions.

On the Friday Night preceding this event, the Stedelijk Museum organizes a new edition of Bring Your Own Beamer in collaboration with artist Rafaël Rozendaal on Friday.


2.30                        WELCOME
2.45                        TALK | Frank Reijnders
3.30                        Q&A | Frank Reijnders
3.45                        TALK | Barbara Cueto
4.30                        Q&A | Barbara Cueto
4.45                        Wrap - up
5.15                        End of Program


Barbara Cueto (1986, Spain) is a Spanish curator and writer. She holds a BA in Journalism from Complutense University in Madrid and a MA in Arts & Heritage from Maastricht University. Since 2010, she is living in Berlin, working in several off-spaces and developing different projects in various cities. Currently, she is the co-curator of Impakt Festival in Utrecht and co-curating the forthcoming edition of Currents at Marres in Maastricht. She is the co-founder of the project space Vesselroom Project in Berlin, and recently she was the curatorial fellow of Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research in Paris where she developed the discursive program Dark Series. In 2014/15 she was part of De Appel Curatorial Programme and co-curated the exhibition Your time is not my time and a performance by Benjamin Forster at the Stedelijk Museum.

Until 2010, Frank Reijnders was employed at the University of Amsterdam as an art historian. He gained his doctorate in 1984 with the publication of the celebrated Kunst-geschiedenis; verschijnen en verdwijnen (Art history; appearing and disappearing). Uitgeverij Duizend & Een have also published: Metamorfose van de barok (1991) and Della Pittura, de schilderkunst en andere media (2000) and Meesterwerken Meesterzetten (2013). The latter has been published in English in 2015: Masterpieces/Masterstrokes. Reijnders has written articles for many publications, including De Witte Raaf, De Gids, and Jong Holland. He has also published works on contemporary artists, including Jan Fabre, Michel Majerus, Klaas Kloosterboer, and David Reed.