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Vera List Center for Art and Politics audiovisual collection event recordings (ONGOING)Considering Joseph Beuys ➔ Considering Joseph Beuys Conference Panels on Spirituality and Intellectual Roots

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Considering Joseph Beuys

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Vera List Center for Art and Politics (sponsoring body)
Joseph Beuys (subject)
Walter Russell Mead (moderator)
Friedhelm Mennekes (panelist)
Dorothea Franck (panelist)
Kim Levin (panelist)
Bernice Rose (panelist)
Edward Lucie-Smith (moderator)
Rayna Green (panelist)
Robert Storr (panelist)
Donald B. (Donald Burton) Kuspit (panelist)


April 7 1995


This audio recording covers one partial and one full panel from the Vera List Center-sponsored conference, Considering Joseph Beuys.

Tape # 1

Recording begins with questions directed to the first panel on Joseph Beuys's spirituality and intellectual roots continue, moderated by Walter Russell Mead and featuring Friedhelm Mennekes, Bernice Rose, Kim Levin, and Dorothea Franck. The panel concludes at 8:58.

At 10:12, organ sounds play.

At 10:43, the final panel begins, also on both Beuys's spirituality and intellectual roots. The panel is moderated by Edward Lucie-Smith and features Donald Kuspit, Robert Storr, and Rayna Green.

Donald Kuspit speaks first, from 13:03, offering a psychoanalytic reading of Beuys's work. Kuspit continues on to Side B.

At 1:14 on Side B, Robert Storr begins to speak on Beuys's 1974 film Dillinger (He Was the Gangster's Gangster), where Beuys reenacted the death of John Dillinger in Chicago and the role of religion in Beuys's life and work.

At 19:21 Rayna Green begins to speak, criticizing Beuys's representation of shamanism and indigenous spiritual traditions. 

At 39:20, Edward Lucie-Smith speaks on the role of the artist in society, and compares the life of Beuys to the life of Joan of Arc.

Tape #2

Edward Lucie-Smith continues to speak in the second panel on Beuys's spirituality and intellectual roots featuring Donald Kuspit, Robert Storr, and Rayna Green. Lucie-Smith compares the life of Joseph Beuys to the life of Joan of Arc. He concludes at 18:28, and opens the panel for questions from the audience. Questions continue on to Side B, until the end of the tape.



Beuys Conference 0101 Evening Session 4/7/95 / Tape (2 of 3);Beuys 0101 4/7/95 Evening Session / (Tape 3 of 3)

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