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What is American Art?

  • Penn Lightbulb Café @ World Café Live 3025 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

As we move toward an increasingly pluralistic society in the United States, one in which political and social parity is being achieved by greater segments of society, the idea that works of art should be discussed in separate groups based on a perception of a shared “identity” among the objects’ makers (blacks, women, queers), rather than on the works’ thematic or conceptual affinities, seems increasingly regressive. And yet, such practices persist. Prof. DuBois Shaw's talk will examine the contemporary art historical, curatorial and critical strategies and tactics for using such markers as race, gender, sexuality and regional identity to interpret art today.