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American GIs under the supervision of Captain James Rorimer on the steps of Neuschwanstein castle. Photo credit: U. S. National Archives and Records Administration
American GIs under the supervision of Captain James Rorimer on the steps of Neuschwanstein castle. Photo credit: U. S. National Archives and Records Administration
Talk
Nov 2, 2017 - 5:30 pm
KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

"The Fine Arts are Never Daunted": The Monuments Men of World War II

Join us for a scholar lecture by MacKenzie L. Mallon, provenance specialist at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Ms. Mallon is the author of "A Refuge from War: the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Evacuation of Art to the Midwest during World War II" (Getty Research Journal, February 2016). Her lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Provenance: A Forensic History of Art.

 

Note:

Edwin Carter Rae, longtime professor at the University of Illinois, was one of the Monuments Men. His photo album and official diary, written during his tenure as Chief of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives branch of the U. S. Army of Occupation in Bavaria, Germany are among papers donated by the university and available through the University Archives. 

Learn more about Edwin Carter Rae from the U of I News Bureau.

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Georges Seurat, The Models (detail), 1888.
Georges Seurat, The Models (detail), 1888.
Talk
Sep 21, 2017 - 5:30 pm
KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

Universal Prostitution and Concrete Abstraction: Biopolitics of Abstract Art, 1888–2008

Join us for a scholar lecture by Jaleh Mansoor, associate professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Jaleh Mansoor is a historian of modern and contemporary cultural production, specializing in twentieth-century European art, Marxism, Marxist feminism, and critical theory. Her first book, Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia (2016), explores procedural violence in the work of Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, and Piero Manzoni. This talk dwells on the matrix of gender and class at the origin of “aesthetic” abstraction through a reading of Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and Grundrisse. Modern and contemporary practices from Georges Seurat to Santiago Sierra and Claire Fontaine become a response to “real” abstraction, a form of capitalist realism.  

This event is presented as part of the exhibition Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future). Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum