Humanitas Lecturer: Claes Oldenburg, Pop Art, and the Politics of the Provisional by Nadja Rottner, Assistant Professor of Art History
When: November 11, 2013, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Where: 1071 CASL
You are cordially invited to the Humanitas lecture of Fall 2013, sponsored by The Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts
Monday, November 11, 2013
Rm. 1071 CB
Claes Oldenburg, Pop Art, and the Politics of the Provisional
by Nadja Rottner, Assistant Professor of Art History
In Circus: Ironworks/Fotodeath (1961) Oldenburg stages a psychoanalytically-informed critique of the conditions of life in postwar America, countering views of Pop art as apolitical. Skeptical of the ability of language to convey the fullness of
experience, the word-less performance Circus, as a form of visual poetry, responds to news stories of the cannibalism of children by notorious serial killer Albert Fisher, the threat of the H-bomb, and the Holocaust, all three incidents dominated
the headlines nationwide. These events of mass murder enter the work in visual form; in short, they become evocatively poetic, associational physical images, rather than factual news, and it is through the viewers individual imagination and
frustrated interpretive effort in the tradition of John Cages theatre of perceptual renewal that information is distilled and experienced. Circus aims at combating the unconscious repression of horror in the media by slowing down and altering
how we consume reality.
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Submitted: October 8, 2013, 10:35 AM
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