Event

Winter Visionaries Lecture Series

JANUARY 22: THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE: CONTEMPORARY ART'S JOURNEY FROM BEING TO APPEARING 
JANUARY  29:  ARTISTS: SUPERSTARS  TO CELEBRITIES
FEBRUARY 5: MUSEUMS: FROM TEMPLES OF LEARNING TO CULTURAL PLAYGROUNDS
FEBRUARY 12: BOUTIQUES, SUPERSTORES AND FRANCHISES: THE RISE OF THE COMMERCIAL GALLERY AND THE ART FAIR CIRCUIT
FEBRUARY 26: EVERYONE IS A CRITIC: ARTFORM TO ARTSY
MARCH 5: THE ART OF SCANDAL: FROM CULTURE WARS TO ACTIVISTS 

1 pm - 3 pm on Monday in the Lyon Auditorium

The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called "the society of the spectacle" has influenced today's contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances-contemporary art followed suit. We will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism, and art publications.  

Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman

Julia Friedman is a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the US, UK and Japan. Her trans-disciplinary work on European Modernism, Russian emigration and book art resulted in the illustrated  2011 monograph Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov's Synthetic Art published by Northwestern University Press. She has been a regular contributor to Artforum,  and has a blog column in The Huffington Post. In 2017 she began writing for The New Criterion magazine. Her most recent publications are Dustbunnies and Wasted Words, two pendant pendant volumes based on the digital writings of Dave Hickey, a distinguished American art and cultural critic.