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American Art Now: Aesthetics and Politics

October 18, 2003

This Clark Symposium focused on questions related to the meaning and significance of contemporary American art: What are the aesthetic and political advantages, particularly today, of the lack of a single direction in contemporary American art? Does it make sense anymore to speak categorically of "what's American," especially in an increasingly international art world? A panel of historians, critics, and curators considered both American and non-American points of view.

Talks included:

Contemporary Art After the Culture Wars
Richard Meyer, University of Southern California

Documentary/Verité: Photography, Film, Video, Documentation, or, The Figure of Truth in Contemporary Art
Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director, Documenta 11, and University of Pittsburgh

The American Effect
Lawrence Rinder, Whitney Museum of American Art

The Post-national Condition of American Art
Miwon Kwon, University of California, Los Angeles

Art in America
Arthur C. Danto, Art Critic,The Nation, and Columbia University

For more information, contact the Research and Academic Program or call 413-458-0460.

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