Greater New York

Angie Keefer, What is Authority?

Sunday, March 6, 2016
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Organized by Angie Keefer with Jonny Bauer, Anna Craycroft, Jenny Jaskey, Keena Lipsitz and Thomas Wild.

This round-table brings together practitioners from disparate fields: consumer marketing; political science; literature & philosophy; and the visual arts—all of whose work entails the communication of nuanced ideas on a public, globe-spanning media stage—to consider the hypothesis that the contemporary locus and means of authority is primarily aesthetic. To what extent does perceived disposition equal position in their respective work? What might this degree of equivalence indicate about contemporary prospects for political engagement? What might it indicate about the political dimensions of mass communications? and of art?

A 1958 essay by journalist and political theorist Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) entitled What is Authority? and a talk on aesthetics delivered at an art school in Sweden last fall by political activist and philosopher Angela Davis (b. 1944) will serve as points of departure.

Participants include marketing strategist Jonny Bauer; artist Anna Craycroft; political scientist Keena Lipsitz; and research director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Thomas Wild. Additional participants to be announced. Moderated by Jenny Jaskey, director of The Artists Institute. Organized and introduced by artist Angie Keefer.

This event is presented in conjunction with Greater New York.


Major support for Greater New York is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

Special thanks to Elham and Tony Salamé.


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