Miami, March 9, 2018 – The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College (MOAD MDC) will present In the Event of Encounter (or, The Improbable Living Together), a lecture by prominent New York-based scholar André Lepecki. A leading expert in the field of performance studies, Dr. Lepecki’s research focuses on the culture, politics and ethics of art and dance. In the Event of Encounter is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Museum of Art and Design inside MDC’s historic Freedom Tower. Admission is FREE.

This lecture-performance addresses the notion of “encounter” as essential to the politics and aesthetics of the commons. By drawing from several philosophical and political traditions that have analyzed the ethics and politics of the encounter, and by invoking artistic propositions that bring into the world improbable events (particularly in performance art and experimental choreography) André Lepecki will consider how the event of encounter precipitates groundings for living away from the necropolitical logic of our current imperial, colonial, and murderous neoliberal monohumanism.

André Lepecki is professor and chairperson in Performance Studies at New York University. He is editor of several anthologies on dance and performance theory, including Of the Presence of the Body (2004) and Dance (2012). An independent performance curator, he has created projects for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; the Hayward Gallery, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich; and the 2016 Biennale of Sydney. Lepecki is the author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement (2006, translated into 10 languages) and Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance (2016).

In the Event of Encounter is part of MOAD MDC’s Living Together series, exciting cross-disciplinary programs intended to galvanize Miami audiences with thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions that draw from art, music, theater, politics and poetry. At venues across the city, the series features performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings, readings, talks and workshops that will reflect the cultural, social and political realities of how we live now. Living Together seeks to find new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to reimagine our cities and our lives.

MOAD celebrates its April 6-7 grand opening by presenting Living Together at various sites across the greater Miami area through September 2018. Living Together will include works by 17 of the most acclaimed national and international artists, art collectives, musicians and writers. Events in the series will be produced by MOAD MDC in collaboration with a range of other Miami institutions, and most events will be free and open to the public. The curators of Living Together are Rina Carvajal, MOAD Executive Director and Chief Curator, and Joseph R. Wolin, an independent curator based in New York.

Living Together is made possible by the generous support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

WHAT:           André Lepecki: In the Event of Encounter (or, The Improbable Living Together)

WHEN:           Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Museum of Art and Design, Freedom Tower

600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL. 33132

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