Standing at the water’s edge, I wonder if I might drown myself in my hypocrisy or whether the metaphorical kingdom of light has a place for even me. Have I placed my hat on so firmly that I do not realize it’s on backwards? I hesitate at the figurative border of nations and ideologies. To cross or not to cross? You cross and you’ve committed a crime. You don’t cross and you strengthen the system. And there lies the precipice. K. Yoland, excerpt from “Operation Tumbleweed,” Nasher Sculpture Center’s The Nasher, Fall 2018
K. Yoland, an artist currently living between the US and London, has come to be known for field-based, site-specific work that operates at the intersection of hybrid disciplines, incorporating the methodology and vocabulary of a documentary practice, fictional narratives, and political science. Embracing the absurd, the work often involves a variety of players enlisted in improvisation as well as choreography. Previous projects have included choreographing Danish dancers in a “war installation,” Olympic fencers on scaffolding, and working in 21 different day jobs in Paris in a durational look at community identity and alienation.
For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Yoland is in conversation with Modern Curator of Education Terri Thornton as they consider the logistics, philosophical premise and form of such an ambitious and complex practice through two current projects: US/Mexico Border Project: Operation Tumbleweed, a multichannel video installation that chronicles the migration and movement of a kidnapped tumbleweed along the Mexican-American border; and Coastal Territory, for which Yoland works with the Department of Political Science and Department of Environmental Science at the University of West Florida.
Image credit: K. Yoland, photographed by K. Yoland
This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online at www.themodern.org/programs/lectures. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern's information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies).
Café Modern serves cocktails and appetizers until 6:45 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.