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Disruptions: The Political in Art Now

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Bringing together influential theorists, artists, curators, and educators, this symposium explores the intersections of politics and art in the first decade of the 21st century.

Keynote Lecture: The Contemporary Paradoxes of Political Art, by Jacques Rancière

Fri, Oct 24, 2008, 4 pm, University of Chicago

  • 1025 East 58th Street, Swift Hall, 3rd floor

This lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Presented by Critical Inquiry in cooperation with the MCA and the Open Practice Committee/Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago.

One of the most influential philosophers working today, Jacques Rancière has authored many books on topics ranging from democracy to film to aesthetics. In this keynote address, he examines the role of images in a democracy and how art and politics are intertwined. Rancière is the 2008 Critical Inquiry Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.

For more information, call Critical Inquiry at 773-702-8477 or email [email protected]

Disruptions: The Political in Art Now

Sat, Oct 25, 2008, 11 am–6 pm, MCA Theater

  • $15/$10 MCA Members

Organized by the MCA and the University of Chicago’s Open Practice Committee/Department of Visual Arts

Exploring the many ways artists inspire political action and social change, or how art can be socially useful, this day of discussion asks pertinent questions about the intersection for art and politics. How does art function politically? What is activist art? What forms of dissent are possible today, and how do artists manifest political perspectives in their practice? Speakers include artist and educator Doug Ashford; writer and videomaker Gregg Bordowitz; artist Carolina Caycedo; performer, organizer, and temporary Services Member Salem Collo-Julin; dramaturge, curator, and writer Eda Cufer; cultural critic Brian Holmes; artist Simon Leung; experimental geographer and artist Trevor Paglen; artist and member of Otabenga Jones & Associates Robert Pruitt; and artist and curator Mark Tribe.

Boxed lunches: A limited number of boxed lunches are available for $10 per lunch with advance ticket sales only (through October 21) and must be ordered at the time of purchase through the Box Office at 312-397-4010\. Lunch tickets are issued by the MCA Box Office and distributed with symposium tickets.

For tickets or more information call 312-397-4010.