Molly Nesbit: Doubts and Habits of Actions in Time

14 December 2012 / Acting Archives, Conversation

part I

part II

Molly Nesbit presents a lecture on the project Utopia Station and her recently published The Pragmatism in the History of Art. The book examines the pragmatism of Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, considering pragmatism as essentially a way of working that starts from the present. The book scrutinises the work of Meyer Schapiro, Henri Focillon, Alexander Dorner, George Kubler, Robert Herbert, T. J. Clark, and Linda Nochlin. She discusses the distinctly pragmatic effects found in the philosophy of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and the films of Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard. Artists discussed include Vincent Van Gogh, Isamu Noguchi, Lawrence Weiner and Gordon Matta-Clark.