The Vera List Center for Art and Politics > ‘As for Protocols’ Fellowship Open Call (USA)

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is inviting applications for the 2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellowships. Three non-residential, two-year fellowships will be awarded to support scholarly and creative work that critically engages with the Vera List Center’s 2020-2022 biennial focus theme ‘As for Protocols’.

The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to research and develop a project drawing from the curatorial, academic, and professional resources of the Vera List Center and The New School, and to bring the research and resulting work to the public through the Vera List Center’s interdisciplinary public programmes and organisational networks.

The Vera List Center is a public forum and university-based research centre that focuses exclusively on advancing public scholarship on contemporary issues at the intersection of art and politics. Through their projects, the Fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the Center and benefit from the engagement of New School faculty and students. For the 2020-2022 cycle, in their multi-disciplinary curatorial programs, the Center is mining ‘protocols’, both their expressive as well as their constricting potential. They are interested in projects that creatively and rigorously approach the biennial theme, in content and form, making an intellectual and artistic contribution that advances our understanding of how protocols enact and materialise in language, networks, and power.

The Vera List Center will appoint a total of three research fellows for the 2020-2022 cycle, including the inaugural Boris Lurie Fellow, the first named artist fellowship at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Named after Russian born artist Boris Lurie (1924-2008) and in acknowledgment of The New School’s historic University in Exile, the Boris Lurie Fellowship is reserved for an artist living outside the U.S. with special consideration given to those who have faced political hardship. The Boris Lurie Fellow will have the opportunity to visit the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and Archive in New Jersey to formulate their own understanding of how Lurie’s legacy might continue in contemporary art practices.

The Vera List Center Fellowship is part-time, and non-residential, and extends over two years. The fellowships carry a US$15,000 stipend as well as extensive curatorial and professional development services to support the research, scholarship and creative work of the project from conception to production and presentation. It is not necessary to spend two years in New York: non-New York City residents are provided with an additional travel allowance to undertake short-term residencies, to engage with the VLC’s curatorial team and take full advantage of benefits.

Journalists, scholars, activists, visual and performing artists, critics, public intellectuals, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics are encouraged to apply. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. They strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates across the world and welcome applications from individuals without institutional affiliation.

Deadline: 15 March 2020

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