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Carol Becker: Artists as Public Intellectuals

November 29, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

How Are Artists Redefining Their Role in the 21st Century?

The Public Intellectuals Project, Mac10 and the Art Gallery of Hamilton present…

Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts
“Artists as Public Intellectuals: Engaging Micro-Utopian Practice”
November 29, 2012
7:30pm-9:00pm, AGH Design Annex
Doors open at 7:00pm. Free admission. Reception to follow.

A public lecture in the McMaster Seminar on Higher Education sponsored by the Office of the President.

About Carol Becker
Carol Becker is Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City where she has also been Professor of the Arts since 2007. Becker was previously Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1994-2007 where she was also professor of Liberal Arts. She earned her B.A. in English from State University of New York at Buffalo and her Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of California, San Diego. With research interests that range from feminist theory, American cultural history and the education of artists, to South African art and politics, she has published numerous articles and books of cultural criticism including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (translated into seven languages); The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society and Social ResponsibilityZones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; and Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art. Her latest book, Thinking in Place: Art, Action and Cultural Production, was published in 2008 by Paradigm Press. She lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is the recipient of numerous awards.

About the Lecture

The essential function of Utopia, say philosophers Ernst Bloch and Theodor Adorno, is to critique what is present. At this moment, the concepts of the public and the private are in transition. The complexity of such a shift affects democracy as well as the role of artists in it. How have artists used the implosion/explosion of such boundaries to create actions, participative communities and public dialogue? How do these intersect with mass protests in the “agora” (the assembly space of a democratic society), and how do they redefine the role of artists in the 21st century?



November 29, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


AGH Design Annex
118 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy and Public Life