Yasmil Raymond: On Attention and Art

Yasmil Raymond

Yasmil Raymond during her lecture in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP

Yasmil Raymond, curator at New York's Dia Art Foundation will visit Cornell to present "On Attention and Art," a discussion of her recent role as ambassador to Thomas Hirschhorn's commissioned Gramsci Monument (2013) for which she received the 2013 Best Presentation in an Alternative Venue Award from the International Association of Art Critics. Gramsci Monument, the fourth in Hirschhorn's "monument series" dedicated to major writers and thinkers, paid tribute to the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937), famous for his volume of Prison Notebooks (1926–37). This work, sited in New York's South Bronx Forest Houses neighborhood, was based on Hirschhorn's will "to establish a definition of monument, to provoke encounters, to create an event, and to think Gramsci today."As organizer and ambassador, Raymond spent 77 days with the project in the South Bronx and attended to the construction and maintenance of several related pavilions that housed a Gramsci: library, bar, theatre, workshop and lounge — all of which contributed to the civic nature of the monument as a whole and were overseen by neighborhood residents.

Currently, Raymond continues as curator with Dia where she is working on a new public commission with the artist-duo Allora and Calzadilla, and is a senior critic in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Raymond serves on the jury of Cornell's Teiger Mentor in the Arts program.