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[BKARTS] Johanna Drucker: School of Visual Arts: Tuesday, December 11, 7pm


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Art Theory Now: from Aesthetics to Aesthesis

Johanna Drucker

School of Visual Arts: Tuesday, December 11, 7pm

209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor, free and open to the public
If the job of art criticism is interpretation, the task of art theory is to offer foundational principles for understanding the identity and cultural function of works of art. But what aesthetic theory accommodates Damien Hirst?s In the Name of God, Phil Collins? The World Won?t Listen, Jennifer Steinkamp?s digital video works, the books of Dean Dass, or Robert Longo?s drawings of deep space or atomic blasts? How do we formulate aesthetic theory after Adorno? This lecture outlines a shift from aesthetics as the study of objects to aesthesis as a mode of experience and knowledge, and draws on ideas sketched in the author's recent article, "Making Space: Image-Events in an Extreme State," published in Cultural Politics.

Johanna Drucker is Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and the author of Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (University of Chicago, 2006) and The Century of Artists' Books (Granary, 2004). Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.

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