Questioning Aesthetics: When is Art Political?

Questioning Aesthetics: When is Art Political?

A Conference featuring keynote speaker Thierry de Duve

Presented by the CalArts MA Aesthetics and Politics Program. Curated by Arne De Boever, Michael Kelly and Martín Plot.

Promising to stir new thinking and debate, this two-day conference puts aside the quest for locating an irreducible essence of political art in order to inquire instead into the ever-changing conditions of production and reception that make art political. The lineup of guest scholars and artists includes keynote speaker Thierry de Duve, Edwin Hill, Gil Hochberg, Leandro Katz, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Davide Panagia and Berenice Reynaud. The opening day program consists of lively presentations and discussion sessions with the audience ahead of the afternoon address by de Duve, the Aesthetics and Politics Program’s Theorist in Residence. His speech is followed by a conversation with Martín Plot, the program’s Research Fellow in Political Thought. The conference next moves to the West Hollywood Public Library November 7.


Funded in part by the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation.

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FRI 11/06
10:15 am -
4:30 pm

$15  $12FREE

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff