Dream Home and Heartache Panel Discussion: Phantasmagorias of the Interior

26 Feb 2019

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12:00 – 18:00

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As part of the exhibition Living Room: UIT (Use it together), resident curator Amanda Abi Khalil hosts Dream Home and Heartache Panel Discussion: Phantasmagorias of the Interior in collaboration with the “On Being Human” Seminars at New York University.

This discussion will consider evolving relationships to domestic space vis-à-vis contemporary understandings of luxury, privacy, hospitality, commodification, aspirational culture, and the everyday. Walter Benjamin used the term “phantasmagorias of the interior” to refer to the spectacle of the nineteenth-century bourgeois dwelling, and the “imperious need to leave the imprint of…private individual experience on the rooms [one] inhabits.” What sorts of phantasmagorias spring from the interiors of today?


Samar Kanafani, social anthropologist based in Beirut, Lebanon
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, visual artists based in New York
Vikram Divecha, visual artist based in Dubai and New York
Jon Wang, visual artist based in New York
Moderated by David Markus, New York University lecturer and art writer

This program is supported, in part, by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Greenwich Collection Ltd.; Hartfield Foundation; Jane Farver Memorial Fund; Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York University; and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

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Amanda Abi Khalil

Exhibiting artists

Vikram Divecha

Jennifer & Kevin McCoy

Jon Wang


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