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With Dr. Julia Friedman


2018 Winter Series
OCMA, Lyon Auditorium

Mondays: 1–3 pm | January 22, 29, February 5,12, 26, March 5

(No class on February 19 for President's Day)

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.   

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: Artforum to Artsy

March 5: The art of scandal: from culture wars to activists


2018 Spring Series
OCMA, Lyon Auditorium

Mondays: 1–3 pm | March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23

The 2018 Spring Series takes into consideration the tectonic shifts that took place in the visual arts since the 1970s. We will begin by looking at various definitions of “contemporary art,” and the infrastructure that sets it apart from the art of previous periods. After that, we will take a close look at different genres in contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography and performance. The last lecture in this series will tackle the complicated relationship of contemporary art with fashion, design and popular culture.


March 19: What is contemporary art?

March 26: Painting

April 2: Revised Meanings of Contemporary Sculpture (+ installation)

April 9: Photography

April 16: Performance

April 23: Contemporary art in fashion and design


 Featured 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 volumes based on the digital writings of Dave Hickey, a distinguished American art and cultural critic. 






Refunds given until second class of each session, minus $25 processing fee


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Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660


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  • Indicate the lecture session(s) you are selecting (WINTER OR SPRING)
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For further information, call OCMA at (949) 759-1122 ext. 215