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Art in Context (6-part Lecture Series): Topics in Contemporary Art - Understanding Art Today


Presented by Thomas Folland, PhD
Part 1, January 12: Introduction to Contemporary Art
Part 2, January 19: The Disappearing Object: Sculpture, Assemblage, Collage, and Installation
Part 3, January 26: “This is Not to Be Looked at”: Conceptual Art and New Media

Can there be art without anything to look at or even an object? Can there be art without beauty? In the 1960s a very broad set of responses to modernist art coalesced around what came to be called “conceptual art;” art that challenged conventional definitions and practices of art and sought to re-examine the age-old divide between art and life. New media such as video and a counter-culture based in an emergent youth culture threw down a gauntlet to challenge an orthodoxy of established artists and established social conventions. Vito Aconci, Adrian Piper, Hans Haacke, Martha Rosler, Daniel Buren, Michael Asher and Marina Abramowitz are among the artists that will be surveyed in this lecture.
Part 4, February 2: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”: Relational Aesthetics
Part 5, February 9: Art without Borders: Global Vanguards
Part 6, February 16: Painting is Dead. Long Live Painting!

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium | Onsite Lecture

Individual lecture: Member or with paid museum admission $10 | General $13 

Online individual lectures: Member $5 | General $10 PURCHASE TICKETS

Recorded online screenings will be emailed to ticketholders one week after each onsite event. Please note that the online version is not live and will not be available for viewing on in-person event dates.

TICKETS: Online. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons; Yinka Shonibare - Nelson's Ship in a Bottle 2010

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January 26, 2022 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


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