Hospitality in contemporary art

Join us online on 10th February 2021 at 15.00 for our next research event when we hear from Irina Aristarkhova (University of Michigan). The session will be devoted to several major themes she raises in her book Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art, with a special focus on two of them: the promises and failures of hospitality as a transcultural ideal; and second, the book as an invitation to consider some of the most “hidden” and challenging works of contemporary art, to serve as their critical ally and source of documentation of those aesthetic practices.

Irina Aristarkhova writes and teaches in feminist and art theory and digital studies. She is Professor of Art & Design and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Aristarkhova is author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture (Columbia University Press, 2012) and Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). Her full bio can be found here:

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Chapter 1, “Reclaimed Civility: Ana Prvacki,” and if you have time, “The Conclusion: Hospitality Now: Ken Aptekar.” The chapters are available (open access) through the main book page here: