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Critical Utopianism from Yoko Ono to Jimmie Durham

Sat, Dec 2, 2017
4–5:30 pm

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

For Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members

“From shared critical dissatisfaction we arrive at collective potentiality.”
–José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009)

In both art and philosophy, utopia has functioned as a tool of critique—a method of resisting, refusing, and reimagining social and political dynamics. Utopia never arrives, is never achieved; rather, it is a place always in the making. In this talk, teaching fellow Aliza Shvarts tracks a critical utopian imagination through several case studies in contemporary art. Looking at works by artists including Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Jimmie Durham, and Laura Owens, she invites audiences to consider how art practice can be a space to stage new forms of resistance or refusal, as well as rehearse new political realities. A wine reception will be available throughout the event. 

4–5 pm: Talk
5–5:30 pm: Reception

Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members are invited to this event. The invitation is for two individuals per membership household. Registration instructions will be provided by email.

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