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Abstraction in the Defense of Society

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 11:07am

'Artistic and other cultural manifestations of interculture, discomposure, optimism, and unexpected affinity as sources of anxiety about the implications of historical change' will be a sub-theme of today's Distinguished Artist Lecture in the Lamar Dodd School of Art by Professor Darby English:

English is Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He teaches modern and contemporary art and cultural studies, with a focus on American and European art produced since the Second World War. He is the author of How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness, 

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English’s research studies the intersection of art—its production, description, interpretation, and analysis—with ideas about historical subjectivity and experience. Recent research has particularly focused on artistic and other cultural manifestations of interculture, discomposure, optimism, and unexpected affinity. In its more theoretical formulation, this work examines the necessary difficulty of studying the foregoing themes at once as historical objects in themselves and as sources of anxiety about the implications of historical change.

A welcome moment for discussion of this intriguing topic by a renowned scholar. Welcome to campus, Dr. English. The life of the mind (and the moment) is all around you on the UGA campus. Join it.

Image:  Mark Rothko, No. 36 (Black Stripe), 1958

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