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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

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Christoffel van den Berghe, Still Life with Flowers in a Vase, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1617. Image and artwork in public domain.
Christoffel van den Berghe, Still Life with Flowers in a Vase, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1617. Image and artwork in public domain.
Talk
Oct 19, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Lower Level, Auditorium

Rarities of these Lands: Tulips and other Exotica in the Making of Golden Age Holland

Join us for a scholar lecture by Claudia Swan, associate professor of Art History at Northwestern University.

This presentation is part of the KAM exhibition Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe. All visitors are invited to view the exhibition in the museum's Contemporary Gallery. 

This lecture is the Philipp Fehl Lecture in Art, honoring the work of the distinguished scholar and University of Illinois professor Philipp Fehl. Co-sponsored by the Department of Entomology, Department of History, and Krannert Art Museum.